Teach Us To Pray
When someone mistreats us, it can certainly do a number on our heart. We can feel wounded, rejected, abandoned, or even misunderstood.
It is natural to feel deeply, for the Lord created us that way. But unfortunately after we feel these emotions, our enemy loves to turn them into an offense. For when offense has sprung up, our prayers get hindered.
One day I entered my prayer closet shortly after a small altercation with a ministry partner. I was expecting the Lord to defend, yet before I could say, "Lord can you believe what so and so did…."
He replied, "Son, before we say another word, go reconcile."
"But Lord it wasn’t my fault, why is it my responsibility to reconcile?" ……silence.
"Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-24).
How come reconciliation is required before we utter a word of prayer?
In 2 Corinthians 5, we discover The Lord Jesus has given us the "ministry of reconciliation," because He first reconciled us to Himself. Therefore, as Christ followers, our supreme purpose is to model, extend and promote reconciliation - so much so that God halts our prayers until we extend the very forgiveness He extended to us.
So before you pray, reconcile any wrongs or offenses.