Forgiveness Pushes Back the Darkness

“If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:7-11).

If you are struggling with your prayer life, could an unforgiving spirit be one area that is keeping you from effectively touching the heart of God with your prayers? From time to time, each of us must take a deep look into the dark places of our hearts, asking the Lord to reveal our sin to us. We can find healing from the sin of unforgiveness in the Scripture, for when we truly understand how strongly God feels about forgiveness, we can seek to be more like Christ in our response to those we need to forgive.

If unforgiveness has been a hindrance to your prayer life in the past, remember that Satan will attack you in this area again – until your victory is firmly established in the strength of Christ Jesus.

Taken from the article The Prayer of Forgiveness by Kim Butts.  Click on the blue link to read the entire article.

God of forgiveness, help me to discern how the enemy would stand in my way of a life of fullness and to stand firm in Your strength to defeat him!  Give me the victory that comes when my heart is filled with forgiveness so that my life will be a demonstration of Your grace. 

Prayer Points

Praise God as the one who lifts your soul up from the depths of despair and discouragement (Ps. 42:5). Thank him for being your Savior and your God. Confess those times when you’ve chosen not to allow God to wipe away the tears of distress. Commit yourself to praising God every day for his tender mercies. Ask God to keep you from becoming downcast in your soul.

Ask God to cause many around the world today to “put their hope in God” (Psalm 42:5) and thus be able to confess with believers in every land “my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).

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