Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pray for Forgiveness

"But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:15, NKJV)

One of the items about prayer that we discussed last night at our Wednesday evening service was the need to ask for forgiveness. Asking God for forgiveness of our sinful actions restores our “familial” relationship with God (Hebrews 12:3-11).

Another benefit to daily confession of sin is that it should remind us to forgive other people. In this life we will encounter many situations that are not resolved properly. Bitterness over a past relationship gone wrong can cause much personal harm in the present. It is no coincidence that Matthew 6:15 follows the Lord’s Prayer.

A key element of the Lord’s Prayer is a request for God to “forgive us” (6:12). This request for forgiveness is tied to the manner in which we forgive other people. If we cannot forgive other we should not ask God to forgive us.

If you are having a difficulty in granting forgiveness to your fellow man confess that sin and pray that God would give you the grace to offer forgiveness by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear." (Psalm 66:18, NKJV)

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