We continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer, as Pastor Rodney returns to the pulpit from vacation. We have looked at the context of the prayer as Jesus teaches his disciples and the first few phrases that Jesus offers up.
This week, we turn to the central idea of forgiveness, as Jesus offers this phrase, “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.” The first thing that strikes me is the assumption that Jesus makes about forgiveness in our lives … “for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.”
The second thing that strikes me is that word, “everyone.” We forgive “everyone.” “Everyone?” This prayer is challenging. Finally, how should we think of forgiveness as it relates to the rest of the prayer that Jesus teaches us? How does it fit in our prayer life? If you’re curious about prayer or an introduction to the Lord’s Prayer, join us at Parkside this week. It should be interesting, and it’s a place where you belong!