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What The Bible Says About Prayer And Attitudes (4 of 5)
Gerald D. Branch
December 2, 2001
Key words: Prayer; attitudes; hindrances to prayer; forgiving; forgiveness; requirements
This NEXT area of our lives that can get into the way of effective praying is closely tied to our relationship, because when we're walking closely with Jesus, we tend to be 'more like Him,' whereas when we're straying, we start picking up traits of the flesh, and one of the first things that starts showing up, is our attitude about everything, and especially our attitude toward other people.
God says in Mark 11:24-26, "24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.25 "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.26 "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."1"
And Jesus gives us a VERY clear Condition for our prayers to be answered... And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins." So, IF we want our prayers answered, then we must have a forgiving attitude toward other people.
Folks... with the exception of having faith, the number one thing related to effective prayer is forgiveness.
A FORGIVING Spirit.
Over and over and over again, every time Jesus talks about prayer He talks about forgiveness.
Why was that so? That's because there is nothing... there is nothing at all, that will kill our prayers faster than resentment or holding onto some unforgiving spirit toward a brother or sister.
That means then, that whenever you hang onto a grudge against someone, and you sit around nursing some hostile feeling about how 'someone done you wrong,' and you allow the seed of bitterness to take root and start to grow in your life, THE ...
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