Mark 11:25 (KJV) 25 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.
Prayer is one of the most powerful spiritual weapon believers possess. Many of us have heard it said before—perhaps many times: “A ‘prayerless’ Christian is a powerless Christian; a prayerful Christian is a powerful Christian.” There is power in prayer because it accesses the most powerful Being in existence—the great God Almighty—our heavenly Father. Prayer is an integral part of our lives. It is one of the most direct expressions of our faith. We pray because we believe. We pray believing that we’ve received whatever we’ve asked. This is absolutely encouraging. But all of our prayers’ significance and power has a requisite: forgiveness.
If prayer is extremely powerful, forgiveness then is. If prayer is indispensably important, forgiveness then is. Before we pray, or as we pray, we forgive; we also ask for forgiveness. We may not fully understand the full outworking and relationship of grace and works, but for us to be forgiven, there’s a need of forgiving others. Others may dismiss this simply as an Old Covenant law or principle, and there’s truth in that. But Jesus also told us to go into all the world, preach the Good News, and make disciples by teaching them everything He has commanded. This is clearly one of His commands.
Yes, with doubtless faith, we speak to mountains; we pray, and we forgive. God, our Father has graciously forgiven us of innumerably more sins and offenses compared to however much offenses we need to forgive. God is so gracious; He forgives the worst of sinners when they contritely come before Him in repentance. He never ever rejects them. His heart is so big; His arms extended so widely—always inviting, always willing. We forgive because God forgives. It’s one of the most God-like acts we do. As hurt as we may be, we forgive. It does us so much good. We don’t allow anything to strangle the empowerment God has graciously blessed us with.