Forgive us our trespasses

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on June 18, 2020

The Lord’s Prayer is reported in two gospels, Matthew and Luke. In Matthew, Jesus prefaces it by advising us not to use many words, or babble formulae as the pagans did. It was pagan practice to bombard the gods with formulae, to induce them to be favorable to humankind. But Christians are not to pray in that mechanical way. Our heavenly Father cannot be persuaded or manipulated by heaping up endless petitions. Rather, Jesus teaches us to surrender to whatever God wills.

He means that true prayer is not a matter of the number of words true prayer is the frequency and the love shown when a the Christian turns towards God.. So, Jesus teaches the, “Our Father,” the prayer consists of two parts. In the first part, we praise and worship God addressing Him as our loving, Heavenly Father and promising Him that we will do His holy will in our lives.

In the second part, we present our petitions, give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses, deliver us from evil. Our petitions, also stress the spirit of forgiveness: We are told to ask for forgiveness from others for our offenses against them and to offer unconditional forgiveness to others for their offenses against us as a condition for receiving God’s forgiveness.

Jesus further clarifies, “If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in Heaven will also forgive yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either”

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