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Friday, January 28, 2011

Something to Consider

     My oldest son has been reading a book called "The God Chasers."  Every once in a while he'll sit down with either my husband or I and start discussing what he's recently read.  Tonight our conversation turned to prayer.  He was discussing the words of the writer when it came to how the he felt about us spending so much of our time during prayer in looking for no more than God's blessings on ourselves.

     It was the perfect time to really talk about what prayer is, about how it's an extension of and an important part of our relationship with God.

How we pray is as important as what we pray for... so I began to take him through the prayer we know as "The Lords Prayer" and explain the different parts.

     When Jesus was talking to the disciples and showing them how to pray he said, when you pray, pray like this....

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on 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 thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, Forever...
Amen

    Now, while going through the prayer we noticed that there was a very important part hidden very neatly between "our daily bread..." and "lead us not into temptation..."

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors...
(emphasis is added)

     We pull this prayer out and teach it to our children and it's a nice thing to have as a plaque on our wall but we gloss over this part of the prayer.  This part is hard cause it's about what we are willing to do.  Are we willing to forgive others?  This part says Lord, I'd like you to forgive me in the same way that I forgive others.  This is important.  It was so important that immediately following the prayer he taught his disciples he says.....

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 Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses.

     It's a harsh thing to consider that God would use the measure of forgiveness that I give others as the measure he would use on me.  I don't want him to pick and choose what he'll forgive me for and what he won't. 

I want God's full measure of forgiveness.

What about you?

It's something to consider.....

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