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“Have faith in God.”

I read Mark 11 yesterday and was convicted by verses 24 and 25.

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.”

Verse 25 says that whenever we come before the Lord in prayer, we shouldn’t come with grudges. The message is clear: we should forgive others because God is merciful to us—He forgives us based on the redeeming work of Christ and not anything we have done or can do. I was reminded that every time I sin, I lack faith because I’m forgetting Christ. Jesus tells the apostles to “Have faith in God” a few verses before. Verse 25 tells me that every time I pray while still being bitter towards someone in the back of my mind and in my heart, I don’t have faith in God. It tells me I’ve forgotten that God forgave me based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ while I was against God in every way.

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:7-8

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