Saturday, January 29, 2011

Forgive us our debts


Matthew 6: 9-15

Story & Lessons

Prayer expresses our sense of helplessness and dependence upon God.

We should pray for ‘our daily bread’ and not for luxuries.

God is concerned for His children. He will supply all their need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

We need to pray for daily forgiveness of our sins.

We all sin every day in thought, word and deed, or by neglect of Christian duties.

Our sin puts us in debt to God. We cannot repay this debt, but the Lord Jesus has cleared it through his death at Calvary.

We must also gladly forgive those who have wronged us and who seek our forgiveness.

We must have a forgiving spirit.

Reflection...

Do we remember to seek God’s forgiveness every day?

Do we ignore our own sins and refuse to forgive others?

The prayer, “And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” recognizes that God is sovereign in all our trials and temptations.

Temptation is seduction to sin. It is important that we all understand that there is a difference between temptation and sin. Temptation only becomes sin when we yield to it.

This prayer reminds us that we are vulnerable, that we must be on our guard and that we cannot defeat Satan in our own strength.

Every Christian can have confidence in prayer because God is his heavenly Father.

We may be weak, but He is strong!

He reigns in sovereign power and majesty forever.

He cannot be toppled from his throne! — “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

2 comments:

  1. Prayer is very important in the spiritually minded Judeo-Christian's life - to be sure! But precisely whom do you pray to? That is very important as well... Don't you think?

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  2. Yes. We must know precisely to whom we address our prayer to, and we must do it God's way. We are not to do it simply, but according to the ways of the Lord's prayer.

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