Unlimited: Remember To Pray For Forgiveness
Feb 26, 2020 872
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors (Matthew 6:11–12).
Does it ever occur to you that you might be more anxious about the “give” than the “forgive”? Does it ever happen that you pray that God will give, but you forget to ask that he will forgive? And yet, isn’t forgiveness the greatest need of all? Even if you could be given everything you wanted, and your sins were not forgiven, all those ‘wants’ would be very poor gifts. The person with no earthly wealth, without even enough to eat, can still be wealthy and happy if their sins are forgiven. Let us not forget, as we go on praying for what God has to give, to ask still more earnestly that he will forgive us our sins.
You have noticed surely, that after completing this simple prayer, and before going on to speak of other things, Jesus takes up again one of the thoughts of the prayer; and which one is it? Something about God’s name being hallowed, or his reign coming? Something about daily bread? Something about temptation, or evil? No: it is this one; this one thought he repeats… For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you, and if you forgive not, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you.
– John A. Broadus (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Do you ask God to “give, give, give” so much that you forget to ask for “forgiveness”? And do you forget to forgive others? Why do you think forgiveness plays such a central role in the Lord’s Prayer, so much so that Jesus repeated it immediately afterwards for emphasis?