Matthew 6:9, Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread, 12and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Yesterday, we looked at Matthew 6:11 and learned the fourth principle of prayer that Jesus taught us which was that we must pray that the Lord would provide our daily physical needs.
Today we are going to look at the fifth principle that Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer. Matthew 6:12 says, “…and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” We must ask for forgiveness. By no means is Jesus saying that we need to be justified daily, but rather He is teaching us that we must learn to walk in a rhythm of confession and repentance of our sin. We must confess so that we can grow closer to God because sin will keep us from the Lord.
James 5:16, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed…” Confession is an important spiritual discipline in which we must grow. Besides personal confession of sin, there is also an aspect of reconciliation with other people. Unity in the body is a very big deal to the Lord. When we are saved, we become one with Christ. So dissension in the body is technically breaking up the body of Christ which is sinful. When we are unified, the body functions best and brings God the most glory.
Have a blessed day!
HIGH SCHOOL MINISTER