Mark 11:20-25 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."
Another of our readers shared with me some revelations he had on forgiveness, and I'd like to share them with you:
"The spirit gave me a some revelations on forgiveness I’d like to share. For someone I had wronged to ask if they had forgiven me (so their prayers would be answered).
Three parts to forgiving: The Natural, The Unnatural, and the Supernatural.
When wronged mans NATURAL response is to hold a grudge which solves nothing, but eats at the peace of the wronged.
It is UNNATURAL to the nature of man to forgive but forgiving brings peace of mind although it doesn’t change the wrong that was done.
God works in the SUPERNATURAL so after forgiving ask God to bless the forgiven one with a good life and a respecting family and loyal friends. God may render a double blessing to the forgiver."
There are a couple of things I'd like to touch on as we continue to look at forgiveness. The first thing is mentioned here regarding forgiving others that our prayers would not be hindered. We all want to believe that our prayers are being heard and that they do make a difference. We read in the Bible and are encouraged about how powerful our prayers can be. We note the prayers of Solomon, of David, of Nehemiah, of Daniel, of Hannah, and on and on goes the list. Jesus Himself is talking to Peter in today's passage about the boldness of our prayers made in faith being able to move mountains. But He offers one warning--in that same place of believing, we musn't carry unforgiveness. When we carry unforgiveness, our prayers can be tainted. They are not made in the right spirit. The importance of forgiveness is underscored once again in this teaching of Jesus on prayer just as it was in His teaching we call The Lord's Prayer. Forgiveness is an important ingredient in prayer.
In my mind, this passage also points to separating the sin from the sinner. It points how Jesus goes to the very root of something to take care of it. He casts out the very root problem, once again getting to the very spirit of a matter. It reminds me once again of how our wrestling is not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers of a spiritual nature which we can allow to dominate us or we can expel in the Spirit of the Lord. Those things that stand in our way, as we have already talked about previously, are the strongholds that have taken root. We cannot pull out strongholds by using other strongholds such as unforgiveness. To uproot a stronghold, we must come at it with a different Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord and His love that never fails.
We'll look at some other parts to this later.