DEVOTIONAL: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:24-25, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Relationship locks of prayer – How we treat others can affect our prayer lives. From time to time we all have relational shortcomings or that one person who is irritating. The examples Kendrick gives are: “Praying with lustful heart”, “while mistreating your spouse”, “ignoring the poor”, “bitterness in your heart…”, and “praying with a faithless heart.” Relational flaws can be with one’s self, others or even with God. “If lust, greed, bitterness, or pride are motivations for requesting something, then God will not be pleased to respond.”
How can we overcome these and turn back to the Most High? “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone…” (Mark 11:25a). What shortcoming are you struggling with lately? Have you forgiven that person or confessed before God? “…so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25b).