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 them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
“The disciples, watching in amazement, learn another lesson as well. They will be faced with ‘this mountain’—the mountain where the Temple sits, ruled over by the hard-hearted chief priests—in the days to come. They will need to have faith that God will overthrow the system and all that it represents. The lesson goes wider, in line with Jesus’ repeated teaching about prayer and faith. Ask; believe; and it will happen. But remember: while asking, forgive (verse 25). The door that opens to let forgiveness out of your heart towards someone else is the door through which God’s forgiveness will enter.” (NT Wright, Lent For Everyone: Mark, p.119)
“Jesus, through his death, resurrection, and ascension, moved the mountains of sin, of death, of condemnation, of judgment, of fruitlessness, of powerlessness, of unforgiveness. In doing so, it has been given to us to bear the fruit of living in this reality and to share with others the invitation to do so as well.” (Anne Kim)
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for removing the mountains of our sin, fruitlessness, and unforgiveness. Today, by your Spirit’s power, we will ask, believe, and forgive. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship Jesus with “Believe For It” by CeCe Winans (click here)