Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-28
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Manner—like this, in this way. Not superstitious repetition. Not even quoted the same way in Luke. Note how short and non-repetitive it is!
Father in heaven—better than earthly father, has heavenly provision and oversight, contains idea of childlike faith and dependence. Also a relationship, not just an ambiguous God-like person. Also a collective Father of a family, other people into consideration, not just me.
Kingdom come—bring people into spiritual kingdom by salvation, hasten the end when earthly kingdom is set up.
Temptation/evil—keep me from trials. past sins make us aware of avoiding future sin. Forgiveness does not mean carelessness to sin more. Keep me from places of temptation I might not be aware of. What Peter should have asked for if he wasn’t busy sleeping.
Matthew 6:14-15—issue that makes people reject this prayer.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Forgive as we forgive—God’s grace provides ability to do both, in fact, without the one, there couldn’t be the other.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Even as—God has been kind, tenderhearted and forgiving toward you who have sinned against Him way more than anyone has sinned against you.
--Love, grace, and forgiveness are all things we want others to do for us, people who truly understand these things want to show them to others.
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Everyone wants out of the forgiveness issue, it’s tough and people are continually creepy!
Seventy times seven—infinite number, “forgiveness is about quality, not quantity.” As often as there is occasion, as long as it is needed and sought. There is no numerical end to God’s forgiveness, nor should there be in ours.
King forgives guy’s massive debt, guy goes out and forces people with small debts to him to pay up, completely flying in the face of the grace shown to him.
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.
Wroth—provoked to anger, enraged, to become exasperated.
So Likewise—on this same principle. A severe thing we are told. Taking God’s grace and love for granted is a high offense.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel [complaint] against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Forbearing what is going on now; forgiving what is past.
Bond—love holds everything together. Think about what love would do. Do that. It’s what Christ did for you.
Peace—the result. Peace on earth comes from forgiving people. Rule—be umpire, be in control of decision making.