“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25)
I don’t know if I have ever taken the time to dedicate a whole prayer to the forgiveness of others. Most of the time it kind of just fits in like in the Lord’s Prayer…”and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.” Amidst elongated requests I stick in there a request for the forgiveness of some transgression I have committed and maybe (though rarely) to forgive someone who transgressed against me.
I am getting from this verse of Mark that it would probably be a good idea to stop and deliberately pray for the forgiveness of someone who has wronged me. That’s a tough call. I would have to ask myself “do I really want to forgive this person or persons?” And further, “Do I want God to forgive them?” “Are they even asking for forgiveness?” So much to ponder about. I don’t think Jesus cares; He just says forgive if you have anything against anyone. Come on Jesus you are making this Christianity stuff hard. Okay, Thank You Jesus.
The fifth and final point of the second star is Patience.
I am once again reminded of my friend Sonny Browne’s grandmother’s saying “come in, sit down, be quiet and wait.” She said this at the onset of a big storm blowing through. But the advice can be used whenever anxiety sets in. Sometimes just waiting in silence gets us through difficult times.
When I first created this second star I had patience before prayer. But then I realized that it took prayer to be patient in the first place. So I reversed it to prayer then patience. My second star then winds up being Discipline, Respect, Integrity, Prayer and Patience. So this star acronym is DRIPP. It is drip but with two p’s. Waiting is so important. The Psalmist got it right when he said, “Be still, and know that I am God”. (Psalm 46:10)
There are times when we will not know what to do. And that is exactly what we are supposed to do, “nothing.” Just sit still, be quiet in patience, and watch God fix it.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.