Un-forgiveness in our heart makes it difficult to connect with God even though there is nothing that can separate us from Him.
God sent His son to die for our sins and this was an act of love and He created us to love others too. We are called to pray for our enemies. For many of us this seems like an impossible thing to do and why should we?
I think this is an honest question and here is what I have discovered. My enemy is not the sinner, but it’s Satan the one who has created sin. The sinner is responsible for what they have done and they will have to face either God’s wrath or God’s forgiveness. We need to leave the judging up to God. After all, He is the one who created the Heavens and Earth. He is more than capable to handle our enemies. He is also the healer of our brokenness and no sin against us will ever go unnoticed. And it’s with this knowledge that I must surrender the offence to God.
Un-forgiveness in my heart has kept me from a powerful prayer life. I’ve always been a prayer warrior interceding on behalf of others. Then someone in my life hurt me. I trusted this person too much. I felt betrayed and a cloud of darkness covered me with despair. I was broken and angry. This kept me from praying with my whole heart and mind for a couple of years. And this is exactly what Satan wanted. He wanted to shut me up and keep my prayers out of the spiritual realm.
Why would he do this? Because our struggles with others are caused by evil. Praying for others breaks down the power that the enemy has in our lives. Satan’s purpose is to bring division among the people. Forgiveness stops this from happening.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. Ephesians 6:12 (AMP)
It’s the year of Presidential Election and we are witnessing the division that is taking place among the people in our country. Citizens are very angry at our President. Everywhere we go we hear and see people act out in rage over political issues. And Satan is laughing at us.
Anger in our Country is coming out in violence and what good is it doing? It is just causing more hate and division. What if we used our anger against Satan’s attacks in prayer? What if we stop fighting against each other and pray together? What if we prayed for the Presidential Candidates instead of complaining about them? Here is what I think,
I think we would be closer to God instead of acting out in fear.
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Ephesians 6:10 (AMP)