THEME: LEARN TO FORGIVE
PASSAGE: LUKE 11:1-10
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 4:32 “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave You.”
HYMN: MHB 521(188.8.131.52.) – I AM trusting Thee, Lord Jesus.
The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-15 as part of the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew, Jesus uttered it of His own accord, without being asked, while teaching His disciples how to pray. But In Luke, Jesus gave the prayer under totally different circumstances.
In response to one of His disciples’ request to teach them how to pray (11:1), Jesus gave them a prayer that highlighted what is most important and necessary in life and suggests how we should rank them. Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer contains five requests which we may not be able to emphasize here. The disciples’ request must have been made seeing that Jesus Christ’s prayers were always heard.
In the Lord’s Prayer, God’s interest is considered first, followed by ours. That obviously should be the true priority in the prayer life of every Christian.
When Jesus taught us to “forgive us our sins, as we also forgive…” (11:4), He was simply assuming that those who seek to learn how to pray unto God should also learn how to forgive. Forgiving others is a condition for receiving God’s forgiveness. In Matt.6:14-15, Jesus states “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive your trespasses.”
As sinful human beings, we need forgiveness every day, just as we need our daily bread. In fact, Jesus told His disciples that they should forgive a person 490 times! Our thoughts, attitudes and deeds are controlled by our minds. This is why some people hold on to irrelevant issues and therefore push them to act against God’s Will by not forgiving their neighbours or those who offend them, irrespective of their Christian position(s).
With such attitudes, many people find it difficult to forgive others, thereby making it a matter of choice to forgive when they get to heaven. Who tells you that you will see each other in heaven to settle the little quarrel which you found difficult to settle here on earth? Let us learn how to forgive those who wrong us.
PRAYER: O Lord, my God, I humbly ask for forgiveness of my sins, help me to forgive those that offend me, that I may be forgiven by you, in Jesus’ name.
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