Passage: Matthew 6:5-15
Verses: Matthew 6:9-15 (NIV)
This, then, is how you should pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Prayer and forgiveness are two practices that are so central to the lives of followers of Jesus Christ. The prayer found in this passage of Scripture, often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, serves as a model prayer for us. It includes 1) words of adoration for our heavenly Father, 2) an expression of our willingness to do His will, and 3) an acknowledgement of our need for His provision, forgiveness, and protection. May our prayers of adoration, submission, and need of a heavenly Father fill the heavens! May we shed from our minds and hearts any unforgiveness we may have toward another. As we confess any sins of unforgiveness, may we sense the peace and freedom that comes from laying those things down at the foot of the cross. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)