What Can Hinder Our Prayer
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught [anything] against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trepassess – Matthew 11:25.
Forgiveness is the keyword for having our prayers answered or unanswered. Forgiveness is something that doesn’t come easy for unbelievers as well as believers. Too many times whether than looking at what God has done for us by forgiving us our sins, we hold on to what people have said and done to us, therefore, hindering our prayer request.So many times we come before God with unforgiveness in our hearts, and we wonder why our prayers haven’t been answered. In order to receive an answer to our prayer request, we must first do what Jesus instructed His disciples to do “forgive”. Whether we admit it or not, sometimes we have been angry with God and never confessed our feelings towards Him and then ask Him to forgive us. Sometimes we will acknowledge our anger and unforgiveness towards others, but many times we will not acknowledge or isn’t aware that we’re angry with God.
Our God is approachable, and we can go to Him in respect and humbleness and let Him know we’re angry with Him for whatever reason, then ask Him to help to us to forgive Him, and ask Him to forgive us. Unforgiveness locks us into a prison that will begin to manifest other ungodly feelings such as anger, bitterness, temptation, retaliation, self-will, disobedience, strife, contention and many more emotional feelings that will bring a disconnection in our spirit with God. As we live in these emotions are prayers aren’t answered, then we feel as though God has forsaken us. In order to get an answer to our prayers, we must do it the way God has instructed us. We will get our prayers answered, and we will also receive freedom in our emotions.
Many participate in taking Communion but have offenses towards others in the church, they look at offenses as not being sinful, but it’s sinful when one keeps holding on to it as though it was clothing. Jesus has instructed the believer that he or she will have offenses, but release the person through forgiving them.