Thursday, January 21, 2010

Κύριος Notes: Prayer continued


"Praise be to you, O LORD,
God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power,
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:10

Scripture Reflection Matthew 6:11-13

11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Lord Jesus more than any other simple fact, you taught that God cares about people. You care about my daily needs for food, and for the basics of life. You provide for those needs in ways and at times that you see best. It is not because I am bright, hardworking or resourceful, it is because of your giving hand of grace extended right down to me. You ask me to pray for my needs and to be thankful when they are met.

Lord Jesus--In the middle of it all, there are debts and trespasses…places where I mess it up. There places where I take what is given only to see it slip through my hands. Forgiveness comes from your hands Lord Jesus, as I forgive those whose debts I hold. Help me to forgive today as this day progresses.

13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Where ever you lead Lord Jesus I will follow. There are times when it feels as if the evil one is talking in my ear. I have never noticed how closely temptation, deliverance and forgiveness are all tied together. Deliverance and the abatement of temptation are all tied to my willingness and openness to forgiveness.

Lord Jesus teach me the lessons of forgiveness.

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