DOUBLE DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Monday 13 January 2020
Matthew 7:7 – 12
HAVE YOU TRIED “FORGIVENESS”❓
Without mincing words, the scriptures are clear about God’s willingness and readiness to attend to our prayers. Our text shows that those who earnestly seek God in prayers should be assured of answers to their requests. But our various experiences appear to be suggesting otherwise. Very often we pray and there are no answers; we fast and yet the results are delayed and we are worried.
Our lesson today is on the place of forgiveness in securing answers to our prayers. It is hereby made clear that part of what could cause delays to the answers to our prayers is unforgiveness. When we hold on to bitterness, grudges, malice and past hurt, the liberty of our spirits are restrained and their capacity to receive answers are blocked. A writer says: “Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they’re always thinking about the past.”
Is there an area of your life that you need God’s help in? A lot of times, it is easy to think that we are not supposed to ask for too much, but the scripture encourages us to go to God with all our needs. He longs to give you the desires of your heart and pour out His favour and blessing on you. In fact, the Apostle James said, “You have not because you do not ask” (James 4:2).
And as you pray, please check if there is any Unforgiveness that is blocking your prayers and affecting your relationship with God. The other person may have been wrong, they may have hurt you deeply, but there is nothing on this earth that is worth losing your peace with the Almighty God for. Today, when you pray, choose forgiveness and don’t let anything stand in the way of the good things God has in store for your future.
CONTROLLING THOUGHTS :
When answers to prayers are delayed, try forgiveness.
Today, in the name of Jesus Christ, I will have my needs met through the power of prayer and forgiveness, Amen.
BIBLE READING FOR THE YEAR :
Genesis 31 -32; Romans 11:1-18
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