Q: Is there one thing that can completely block my prayers?
A: Absolutely. It's a lack of forgiveness. You can pray any prayer you like and it won't do you any good until you forgive other people their sins. Prayer without forgiveness is like a car without an engine. Or a body without a soul. It simply doesn't work. Jesus Christ said after He taught the principles of prayer, "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." (Matt. 6:14-15)
Jesus also told a story about this, and I think it's one of the most intriguing parables He ever told. It's the parable of a guy who's been forgiven effectively a $20 million debt, a debt he could never repay if he lived a thousand years. So he gets forgiven; then he runs out and finds a guy who owes him what amounts to a 20-dollar bill and he says: "Pay up." And when the man can't pay up, he hauls him off to debtor's prison. Well, when the Master found out about this, He was upset. You can think what a horrendous thing for us humans to do, when we've been forgiven what amounts to an unpayble debt, to then not forgive others whose debts by comparison are like a 20-dollar bill. So we need to forgive people — that's one of the principles that Jesus Christ taught when He taught us the principles of prayer.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank talks about fasting, a topic that is covered in the new book by Jay W. Richards, Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul—A Christian Guide to Fasting. Hank recounts an illustration from the wise Cappadocian Father who used the merchant ship as an apt illustration for fasting, where a loaded ship is sunk by minor waves but the ship with a captain smart enough to toss overboard the extra weight will ride above even surging waves, and so it is with overindulged bodies.
Hank also answers the following questions:
I found a teacher by the name of Dr. Gene Kim on YouTube, what is your opinion on him?
I was told that the generation that sees Israel become a nation will not pass. Have you heard of that? What is a biblical generation?
I get confused about how Jesus died both physically and spiritually upon the cross to atone for sin. Were Jesus and God separated?All Sermons by Hank Hanegraaff