P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Day 9 The Model Prayer (Pt.5)

Oct 9, 2013   //   by Tina McCrea   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Day 9 The Model Prayer (Pt.5)

P-90X #Prayerfor90Days

Day 9 The Model Prayer (Pt.5)

By: Evang. Tashara Luster

 

“Forgive Us of Our Debts As We have Also Forgiven Our Debtors.” There is a great measure of God’s will in this portion of the Model Prayer – Forgiveness.  One of the most important words to be grasped in this is “as.” When we have any unforgiveness in our hearts, then we are basically saying; judge me as I am judging the one that I have an offense against. We have to amplify the “as.”

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop” (Mark 11:25).

 

Here you can see how much emphasis the Father puts on our forgiving others in order to have our prayers be effective. Forgiveness is one of the conditions of answered prayer and is an important condition that the Father places on receiving blessings. Forgiveness and answers are tied together. God’s love is to be the radiant virtue of the righteous and His word in 1 Corinthians 13:7 declares that love believes the best in every person and as such forgiveness is the way of life for the Christian. There is a verse in James 5:16 that makes a tremendous statement:

 

Confess your trespassesto one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Forgiveness is the first step of reconciliation in your life, your marriage, your church, your past, and in your family. Jesus died for us to have forgiveness, so that we would not have to live with or carry the guilt and shame of our past or of daily offense.

Forgiveness & A Clear Conscience:

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do”

(Colossians 3:12-13).

If we look at the imperative tone of this scripture, then we can only conclude that forgiveness is not a choice, but a requirement of God!  I find it ironic that the writer used the term the “Elect of God,” meaning those who are more than just ordinary people.  I find it common in our Christian walk with God that we want the title, the blessings, and the anointing of the Elect, but we don’t want to do the things that are required of the Elect.

The word elect means chosen deliberately, singled out; it is a person who is chosen or selected by divine will and appointed by God.  If you are an elect person of God, then you should be a Forgiving Man (Woman) of God. The only way God can set you apart from others is if you are displaying the things of God in your life.

If you can’t Forgive (one word) then God can’t FOR GIVE (two words) you the things that you have been praying for Him to do.  By this I mean, if you can’t forgive (one word), which means to excuse a fault or an offense, pardon, stop blaming, or rationalize a mistake that someone has done to you, then you can’t expect or require God to do something that you are not willing to do yourself.  When you don’t forgive (one word), God can’t FOR GIVE (two words).  The word For means to be in favor of, to honor, to support, and to acknowledge.  The word Give means to make, present or to place in the hands of.  Therefore, God will not be able to be in favor of you or be able to honor you completely and present things to you that you have been praying for and place them in your hands if you can’t forgive others.

I am not condoning what someone has done to you or against you, but I am saying that if you harbor unforgiveness in your heart, then you can’t receive the Blessings of God.  You can’t help or change your past, but you can choose not to be bitter or have unforgiveness in your heart.  Don’t leave a situation bitter, but leave Better!  The first step in true forgiveness is to forgive yourself. 

The reason you can’t find freedom is because you are still blaming yourself for things that happened in your past.  I know you were molested, raped, abused, mistreated, talked about, lied on, rejected, or maybe you simply never experienced true love in your life.  Stop carrying around the guilt and shame, and stop blaming yourself. God has already forgiven you, so you can move on.  What happened to you was An Assault that Brought You Under Arrest. The only way the assault can keep you in prison is when you don’t forgive.  You have given yourself a life-sentence of unhappiness because you have not forgiven yourself, and furthermore, you have not forgiven the person that has hurt you.

In the human body, if there is a problem that is ignored because of denial, it only gets worse.  It can begin to infect other areas of the body.  Denial is going from one stage to another and from bad to worse.  Unresolved conflict & Offense begins to weigh on the mind, weigh on the stability of the emotions, and weigh on the productivity of other relationships.  You can become bitter, unprogressive, and then unforgiveness takes root.  If there is unforgiveness, then there is no love and without love, there is nothing.  So now, you have the newest equation of the “math of conflict.”

Unresolved Conflict (-) Love=Nothing

You don’t have to care, but you do have to love and do something about the conflict.  Be willing to apologize when necessary, and ask for forgiveness when you know you are wrong. It is okay to have the gift of goodbye, but get closure in order for there to be proper healing after the separation.

This is a decisive moment: you have harbored some unforgiveness towards God about why the assault happened to you.  You also have unforgiveness of unanswered prayers.  Today, go to God, tell Him the pain and receive the grace of His forgiveness. Your bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness are hindering your worship and your happiness. If we choose to react in our flesh, rather than responding in our spirit, then we will find ourselves on the other side of a bitter argument that will bring about dissension. Humility and forgiveness are attributes that are the basis for being responsive and not reactive.

You are a New Creature in Christ, so stop carrying around old things in your life.  The past is the past and it doesn’t determine your future!  So today, give the gift of forgiveness to someone that God has placed on your heart.  This will forever change your life and your walk with God.  Be Blessed, Forgiven, and Highly Favored of the Lord!

 

One of the key virtues displayed in the righteous man’s life is walking in the attitude of forgiveness as His Father has forgiven him.

 

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