"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."
(Mark 11:25 KJV)
In this passage we are instructed by Jesus Christ, that when we pray, we must forgive anyone that we may have ought against. The power to move mountains with our prayers comes from a combination of Faith and Forgiveness!! I am sure each of you have a mountain or mountains standing in the way of fulfilling your destiny. We speak to the mountain, yet it doesn't move... Could it be that we stop reading at verse 24 thus omitting verse 25 which gives us the final key to getting our prayers answered. "And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:22-24 KJV)
If you have been on this planet very long, you have been hurt by someone you love. We often tuck that hurt away for safe keeping until they apologize for their wrong doing but the apology never comes, so we wait......and we wait.... Has it occurred to you that they are not going to apologize and if you are going to have peace you must forgive them. I know they didn't say "I'm sorry" and yet you must forgive them anyway!!! It will release them from the grip you THINK you have on them but it actually has you. You think about that moment in your past but chances are, they rarely do, if ever. Jesus said to love our enemies, bless those that curse you, in fact he said feed them, forgive them!!! They may never even know you have forgiven them but you will be free and be empowered to move mountains. As Jesus hung on the cross dying he said, "Father, Forgive them for they know not what they do"! When Jesus released those words, the Temple Veil was torn from top to bottom, rocks began to break in half, the sun darkened, the earth quaked and dead saints arose from old graves and walked around in plain sight. (Matthew 27:50-53). Forgiving those that have hurt you is not the easiest thing to do but it will shake the dead weight off your life so that you can continue to grow in the Knowledge and Grace of Jesus Christ!!!
Scott L. Boatner