Going to School Day 12: He Is and He Can Do
22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, `May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. “
“The power to believe a promise depends entirely on faith in the Promiser.” (Andrew Murray, “With Christ in the School of Prayer,” p.66)
At the core of any promise is “Trust.” The promise is only as valid as the trust one can put in the person that delivered the promise. To believe that God can truly deliver on what He promises is faith. To trust that God is true to His Word is the only thing we need to receive what we ask for.
When we pray with faith, we are telling God that we believe He is who He says He is and He can do what He says He can do.
It’s simple. Believe He is and that He can do!
There is a catch to this. A loop-hole of sorts. It’s the clause of unforgiveness. If we are keeping ourselves from forgiving someone, then God will hold back His forgiveness on us. When we hold grudges against someone, God holds back His grace from us.
So when you pray, forgive. Remove the grudges from your heart. It doesn’t mean that you need to pick up the phone and tell that person you forgive them. It does mean treating them as if they never wronged you. That’s the way Jesus forgave us. He treats us as if we have no sin.