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Before you pray

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother and sister has something against you. First go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23,24

Two things jump out of these verses. Your brother has a issue and it is your responsibility! We might have expected to read: “If you have something against someone, go and be reconciled”. No, is we know someone has an issue with us, we need to go and sort it out.

American preacher Bill Hybels, puts it this way. “Who go? You go!”

Of course there are times when someone bears a grudge and we can do nothing about it. And, of course, we are all responsible for our own actions, not those of others. Nonetheless, this is a useful challenge that before an act of worship or time of prayer, we need to be aware of any unfinished business with someone which might prevent us – or them – from praying.

Is there someone in your team, club, church that you have an issue with – or who has an issue with you? Pray for wisdom in how to resolve it so that it is does prevent either of you from praying.

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