Failing to Forgive – Prayer Problems Series – 2/5/20

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Prayer Problems Sermon Series – Part 4

Failing to Forgive

Mark 11:24-26

Intro: It is absolutely essential that you and I remember the negative side effects of forgetting to forgive.  One of the most significant hindrances to prayer is the harboring of grudges, failing to forgive and allowing bitterness to steal our ability to get a prayer through.

I. The Scope of our Potential – vs. 23, 24

  • 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
  • 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Jesus made a powerful statement in verse 22: Have faith in God.

Why is this so difficult?

In these three verses, we find these words repeated:

  • have faith
  • shall not doubt
  • but shall believe
  • believe

II. The Setback of our Prayer

There are two scenarios:

  1. Mark 11:25if ye have fault against any
  2. Matthew 5:23thy brother hath ought against thee

Matthew 5:23, 24

  • 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
  • 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

III. The Solution to the Problem

It is simple. Just forgive.

Illustration: In Job 42:8, God told Job’s friends to go to him, that he would pray for them, he did.

In verse 10, God turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends.

What does it mean to forgive?

Does it mean you have to become best friends? Not necessarily.

It does mean that you have to be able to pray for them, and mean it.

Forgiveness means you don’t let it be more important than being able to get a prayer through.


  • Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.