“When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins”.
Mk 11:25 NIV
Prayer is an important part of the life of a Christian believer. “Nothing will be achieved without prayer, as Mark signals elsewhere in his gospel. Prayer is the highest sign of faith commitment, since the time is most completely wasted if there is nothing in it. The other side of the coin is that for this very reason it is crucial to true discipleship.
Yet although ‘prayer changes things’ it is not an exercise in magic. It, like everything else in the disciple’s experience, has its proper environment. The ‘culture’ for prayer is the forgiving spirit. Since God’s forgiveness of us is the essential ground over which we approach him in prayer, a lack of a forgiving spirit on our part destroys the atmosphere in which prayer is offered and answered. So the line through faith and prayer to forgiveness is clearly recognizable” (D. English, The Message of Mark, p190).
We stand, that is to say, we live, under the grace of God. Stumbling, fumbling, and bumbling along we go, often unaware where we hurt people, or oblivious to the trouble we cause. But once we have committed our lives to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness, then we are “covered” by his grace. That means that when we unconsciously do or say something untoward or that is sinful, God wipes it out of any record against us. Being human we do sin, despite our best efforts to steer clear of wrong. He still accepts us, forgives us within his grace – and commissions us to witness, to care and to love in his name.
Lord, help me to accept your grace, to care and to pray.