Prayer Guide Day Six

Posted By Lakeside Elders on Apr 8, 2016 | 0 comments


The Need to Forgive – Matthew 6:12b, 14, 15 & 18:21-35

In verse 12 Jesus not only teaches his disciples to pray, “ . . . forgive us our debts . . .”, He qualifies it with “ . . . as we also have forgiven our debtors . . .”

To be honest with you, I would really like to skip this part of the verse, because it messes with my theology. If this was all Jesus said about it, I could probably sweep it under the rug and forget it.

Unfortunately Jesus must have known that we would be tempted to do just that, so He goes even farther with it in verses 14 & 15: “

For if you forgive others their

trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive

others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Just in

case we don’t get it yet He reiterates this same teaching in a parable in chapter 18.

This one has been debated theologically by much greater minds than mine for

centuries, so I am not even going to attempt to explain it. But it is clear. We are

commanded to forgive, not just superficially, but like we’ve been forgiven. Fully!

If someone has sinned against you, forgiveness is not saying it is ok. If it were ok,

you wouldn’t have anything to forgive. If you have been sinned against, then the

person who sinned against you now owes you a debt. Forgiveness is letting the debt

go. Forgiveness is marking the debt, “paid in full”. Yes forgiveness will cost you

something. Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay the price to forgive your sins. Pass

His forgiveness on. Forgive your debtor.

Do you have a hard time praying? Does it feel like your prayers don’t get any further

than the ceiling? If so, check your heart. There is a good possibility you’re holding

on to someone else’s debt.

Forgiveness isn’t easy. If you are struggling with forgiveness tell Jesus about it, you

won’t surprise Him. Thank Him for forgiving you and ask Him to help you

understand the depth of what that cost Him. When we really understand the depth

of His forgiveness, we are better prepared to offer that same forgiveness to someone

else.

When you finish praying write down here what the Lord is teaching you:

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