TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER, 2017 READ – DAY: Phil 4; Night: Isaiah 41-42
THEME: HINDERANCE TO PRAYER
TEXT: MARK 11:24-26
HYMN: EMHB 394 – Just as I am, Thine own to be.
God calls all believers His children and that is what we are. Above all, He wants us to prosper. However, it is not always so due to certain attitudes of believers.
What are the “hindrances to Prayer”? Between father and child there must be moment of consultation or conversation. This can be done through prayer, but we are made to understand that we may pray and our prayers are not properly channeled. The reason is found in the text.
The hindrance to prayer, according to verse 25, may be an account of unforgiveness. Psalm 24:4 says, “Only those who have not done evil, who have pure hearts will ascend the throne of God”. For this reason verse 25 of the text says, “If you are praying and you remember that you have something against someone, you must first forgive such one to enable God forgive yours and hear your prayer”. Hence, failure to forgive those who have wronged or hurt you can make your prayer a mere noise or an abomination to God.
So beloved of the Lord, are you angry with someone? Please forgive now because that will definitely hinder that great thing the Lord is about to do in your life. Similarly, have you offended someone? Go and settle with him so that his prayers can be answered by God.
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 11:25 “When you are praying and you remember that you are angry with another person about something, forgive that person. Forgive them so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins”.
PRAYER: O Lord, You are the owner of every heart; make my heart obedient to Your instruction not to be angry with my fellow-being but to always forgive that I may be forgiven, too, in Christ’s name. Amen.