Theme For Open Heavens Devotional 5 June 2019 – A STRANGE HINDRANCE TO PRAYER
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. Mark 11:25
READ: Matthew 18:23-35 (KJV)
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Through the span of history, God has demonstrated again and again that He answers petitions.
As individuals of confidence, we are certain that at whatever point we call upon the Name of the Lord for anything, as long as it is His will, the appropriate response will come. He guaranteed us of this in John 14:14, saying:
“On the off chance that ye will ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
To leave us with no uncertainty, the Holy Spirit further says in Psalm 50:15:
“What’s more, call upon me stuck in an unfortunate situation: I will convey thee, and thou shalt laud me.”
Showing the petition noting intensity of our God, there was at one time a challenge between God’s prophet and 450 prophets of a symbol called Baal (1st Kings 18:17-40). Each side was to approach their God or god, to see whose power would demonstrate forward. The prophets of Baal approached their god from morning till evening, however there was no reaction. Nonetheless, the minute God’s prophet called upon Him, fire tumbled from paradise. Brethren, God is still in the matter of noting petitions and quieting the furious tempests of life! He should simply talk over you, and quickly, harmony like a waterway will stream into your life and family. The inquiry is, would we say we are still in the matter of calling upon His Name in sacredness and honorableness? On the off chance that wrongdoing is expelled from our souls, we will call upon Him stuck in an unfortunate situation and He will reply as He did in times past, in light of the fact that He is a similar yesterday, today and until the end of time.
Darling, one specific deterrent to supplication that we have to distinguish and manage is the soul of un-pardoning. Instructing about this in Mark 11:25, Jesus says:
“What’s more, when ye stand supplicating, excuse, if ye have should against any: that your Father additionally which is in paradise may pardon you your trespasses.”
In Matthew 5:23-24, He further stated:
“Thusly if thou bring thy blessing to the special raised area, and there rememberest that thy sibling hath should against thee; Leave there thy blessing before the special raised area, and go thy way; first be accommodated to thy sibling, and after that come and offer thy blessing.”
These sections shows that God won’t acknowledge blessing, offering or thanksgiving of any individual who harbors sharpness and un-absolution, to talk less of noting any supplication made by such an individual. Subsequently, disposing of harshness is basic to carrying on with the Christian life adequately and effectively. Leave retaliation to God. Wipe out harshness by the intensity of affection, pardoning and discharging the individuals who have harmed you to God. When you do this, you can make sure that any supplication you make to God will be replied by flame. May God hear your petitions from His position of authority of effortlessness today in Jesus’ Name.
Search your heart for any form of un-forgiveness and let go of it today with God’s help.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Leviticus 25, Jeremiah 49:23-50:1
AUTHOR : PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 5 : LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU
While passing thro’ this world of sin,�and others your life shall view,�Be clean and pure without, within;�Let others see Jesus in you.��Refrain:�Let others see Jesus in you,�Let others see Jesus in you.�Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;�Let others see Jesus in you.��2. Your life’s a book before their eyes,�They’re reading it thro’ and thro’�Say, does it point them to the skis,�Do others see Jesus in you?��Refrain��3. Then live for Christ both day and night,�Be faithful, be brave and true,�and lead the lost to life and Christ.�Let others see Jesus in you. Refrain
Credit – Pastor E Adeboye