Learning how to pray is all about how to commune with God.
Out of this 67 word prayer:
39 words are devoted to God…and 28 to what we need
It’s divided into 6 petitions: (or requests)
3 are for God…and 3 are for us. (toward His purposes)
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Now the first personal request…was for our physical needs.
This next one in particular…concerns the needs of our soul.
When it speaks of “debts” here…it is not speaking about what we owe financially.
It’s about what we owe spiritually. It’s talking about our sins.
Jesus teaches us here…
that the ideal prayer contains a request for personal forgiveness…
and don’t miss this…a request for a forgiving spirit as well!
And both are tied together!
1 John 1:9
How we relate to one another really matters to God. Did you get that?
Relationships are extremely important to Him…at home…work…church.
So much so that refusing to forgive others hinders our relationship with Him.
It’s a big deal to God!
Relationships matter! And so in order to protect and preserve these relationships
we are going to have to learn how to properly deal with offences.
... good to define what forgiveness is. I believe John Piper offers the best biblical explanation. He wrote: “When you feel that someone is your enemy…or when you simply feel that you or someone you care about has been wronged…
Forgiveness is resisting revenge, not returning evil for evil, wishing
them well, grieving at their calamities, praying for their welfare, and seeking
reconciliation so far as it depends on you.” ~John Piper
1. Resisting thoughts or any actions of revenge: Romans 12:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:15;
2. Wishing well those who have harmed or offended you: Luke 6:28
3. Grieving at their calamities: Proverbs 24:17
4. Praying for them: Matthew 5:44
5. Seeking reconciliation with them: Romans 12:18
John Piper went on to clarify “What forgiveness is not”:
"Forgiveness is not feeling good about horrible things.
You are not expected to feel good about what happened.
Anger against sin and its horrible consequences is fitting, up to a point.
But you and I don't need to hold on to that in a vindictive way."
Matthew 18:21-22, 23-25, 26-27, 28-30, 31-34, 35; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 13:5; Job 21:23-25
Bernard Meltzer “When you forgive, you in no way
change the past…but you sure do change your future.”
Ephesians 4:26,27,32; John 1:16; Matthew 6:12; Ephesians 4:32