Summary: To prove that we can pray and forgive.
Do you pray and forgive?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To prove that we can pray and forgive.
Mark 11:25 (Amplified Bible)
11:25 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.
Forgiveness happens in the heart while praying.
Forgive while praying
Study of Mark 11
A. Author: Mark, son of Mary of Jerusalem; referred to as John Mark
B. Date written: 58 B.C.
C. Purpose: To present JESUS of Nazareth as GOD's Suffering Servant, the Redeemer of the world
D. To whom written: Roman or Gentile Christians
E. Main Theme: CHRIST is the tireless servant of GOD and humanity.
F. Key word: Immediately
G. Key verse: Mark 10:45
Mark 10:45 (Amplified Bible)
10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for (instead of) many.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Whenever you're praying
"And whenever you stand praying,"
Stand means "to persevere", "to be stationary", "to stand fast" We persevere in GOD's Presence and we don't sleep.
Zechariah 3:1 (The Message)
3:1 Next the Messenger-Angel showed me the high priest Joshua. He was standing before God's Angel where the Accuser showed up to accuse him.
Revelation 11:4 (The Message)
11:4 These are the two Olive Trees, the two Lampstands, standing at attention before God on earth.
Romans 12:12 (The Message)
12:12 cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
This world might say, "work hard, play harder", but we say "We pray hard at all times, we pray harder at hard times."
B. Forgive while praying
"if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go),"
1. If you have anything against anyone
2. Forgive and let it drop
Forgiveness is the key to praying.
Matthew 6:14-15 (The Message)
6:14 "In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.
6:15 If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part.
Luke 6:37 (The Message)
6:37 "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier.
Colossians 3:13 (The Message)
3:13 Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.
C. Your FATHER will also forgive your own shortcomings to Him.
"in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop."
Ephesians 4:32 (The Message)
4:32 Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
James 2:13 (The Message)
2:13 For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.