Spiritually Speaking for week of February 21, 2013

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By Pearl Harper

 Do we pray and show forgiveness and mercy



I have been studying about the importance of prayer. When the disciples realized they needed more strength to do their work, they knew Jesus spent much time in prayer. One of the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord teach us to pray.”

Matt. 6:9-13 gives this model prayer, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our father which art in heaven, hallowed by thy name

Thy kingdom come.

They will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: for thins is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.”

I think Matthew’s account is more thorough than in Luke Chapter 11. Dakis Commentary pointed out some elements on basic assumptions in the prayer. “Our father,” means relationship. “Which art in heaven,” means we recognize who He is.

Adoration, we say, “hallowed be thy name.” We anticipate “thy kingdom come.” We are consecrated “thy will be done.”

“In earth,” we know He is universal. “As it is in heaven,” conformity (the same as).

“Give us,” he supplies. “This day,” exactly what we need. “Our daily bread,” what is necessary. “And forgive us,” if we have sinned, penitence. “Our debts,” our obligations. Forgiveness, “as we forgive.” Love and mercy, “our debtors.” “And lead us,” guidance. “Not into temptation,” protection. ‘But deliver us,” salvation. “From evil,” righteousness. “For thine is the kingdom,” faith. “And the power,” humility. “And the glory,” reverence. “Forever,” timelessness. “Amen,” affirmation.

Amen was always used to confirm a statement.

There are conditions to our prayers being answered. Jesus was very clear in Matthew 6:14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.”

Interesting word, trespass. Do men or women make errors, do they offend, and do they ever turn from the truth? Can they be forgiven? Paul wrote to the Colossians in Chapter 3, Verse 13, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a guard against any even as Christ forgive you so also do ye.”

Where would we be if we were not forgiven for the mistakes we made or make?

My pastor preached a wonderful message about forgiveness recently. He used the text in Matthew 18:21, where Peter asked Christ, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?” Verse 22, “Jesus saith unto him, I saw not unto thee, until seven times, but until 70 times seven.”

The following scripture in Matthew 18 lets us know if we are shown mercy, how important it is we s how mercy to others. There is no one as humble and forgiving as our heavenly father. We should always not be quick to judge. There are many things I could write about that; one is how if we judge others, we will be judged. When someone comes to me telling me about other people’s transgressions or faults, I tell them we should pray for them, and to be honest with you, it is all I can do to keep myself in line. The answer makes a point.

God bless.