The way we relate to others has a direct impact on whether or not God answers our prayers.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mar 11:24-25)
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (Mat 5:23-24)
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1Pe 3:7)
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.(Mat 18:19-20)
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
God wants His children to get along. When we wrong others, we sin against God. And, as we saw on Tuesday, sin closes God’s ears to our prayers. Jesus made the connection between prayer and right relationships in Mark 11. Pray, believe and forgive, He said. this is so important to God that He would rather have you get right with an offended brother than bring Him a gift. God enforces a loving relationship in the home by refusing to hear the prayers of a husband who won’t understand and honor his wife.
God loves it when His children get along, so He offers a special promise to those who will agree together in prayer.
What About You?
- Did the Holy Spirit bring someone to mind as you read this study – someone you need to get right with? Will you do it today?
- If you’re a husband, are you treating you wife with understanding and honor? If not, it will hinder your prayer life.