The Lord’s Prayer: Week 6 – Monday

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Week 6 – Monday

SCRIPTURE
Matthew 6:14-15 MSG  “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”

REFLECT
FORGIVENESS – this can be a very difficult thing to swallow.  Lets unpack this one slowly, starting with a list.  Grab a piece of paper and a pen.  This is really important.  Ask your self, “Who or what are you angry with? Resentful towards?”  Reflect upon this, “When certain people, places, things, or situations come to mind, what triggers knots in your stomach, your face to turn red, your heart to sink; what pushes your buttons – what causes an internal storm?”  Ask God to open your eyes to see, your ears to hear, and your heart to know – what unforgiveness you might be holding onto.

We invite you to share your insights and thoughts by leaving a comment below or by replying to another comment.

If you would like, you can unpack the verse S.O.A.P style:
S = Scripture; what is it that I’m reflecting upon.
O = Observation; what does this mean to me, what do I notice?  What got my attention? Can I rephrase this in my own words?
A = Application; how can I apply this into my life?  What action can I take as a result of what I just learned
P = Prayer; based on what I’ve learned and my application/action, pray – talk to God about your insight, ask for help, offer thanksgiving.

 

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  1. Rebekah says:

    S:
    Matthew 6:14-15 ESV For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    O:
    The thought that I allow the actions of others to rob me of sweet complete communion with my Father due to my lack of forgiveness is both ridiculous and unnecessary. I have been forgiven for all of my shortcomings, all of my mistakes, all of my SIN. All of it. However, “to whom much is given, much is required,” and if I am unable to fulfill my responsibility, I am unable to experience the full result of this forgiveness. Who am I to daily confess my sins to my almighty God and beseech Him for forgiveness while I am harboring bitterness and unforgiveness in my heart towards my brothers and sisters?

    A:
    I don’t have to relinquish my joy to others. When I hold back forgiveness and keep mulling over offenses, frustrations, etc., that is exactly what I am doing. Chances are, my lack of forgiveness is affecting me way more than it is affecting my offender. How often do I offend God both intentionally and unintentionally? I am undeserving of any mercy, any grace, yet I have been given it ALL. The least I can do is offer that mercy and grace to others God has divinely placed in my life. Who knows? They may have been placed in my life for such a time as this…

    P:
    Heavenly Father, God, thank You for choosing to forgive me. Without you I am nothing, and with you I have everything. I ask more than ever for your mercy and grace to cover me today. Protect me from myself, and give me the strength to let go of offenses, be they big or small. Give me YOUR strength to let go and trust you to be my avenger. My reputation is your reputation, and You will do what it takes to guard it. I don’t have to be defensive and ugly, You will reveal all in Your time. I commit this day to You. I need You, and I trust You.

    • Teri says:

      The LEAST we can do is offer it to others, grace, mercy, forgiveness <– the L E A S T we can do, BUT often times the MOST difficult!! I love your perspective, your observation Rebekah — WHO ARE WE to confess our sins yet still harbor bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts towards others? REALLY!! I do NOT want to be that…NO!! Thank you for sharing. xo

  2. Teri says:

    S: Matthew 6:14-15 MSG “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”

    O: I’m thinking of “selflessness” when I read this verse. We can’t expect God to act, respond, and do what we ask and NOT be willing to do our part. This follows through in ALL relationships — we need to think of the needs of others, not just our own needs. Forgivenss — is something that God asks us to do for specific reasons. He know that it’s bondage and knows that it separates us from receiving true joyful living, so He asks us to forgive. How can we not forgive others and then expect God to forgive us? I don’t think our God is a “tit-for-tat” God, I just believe that by the way we extend forgiveness, grace, and mercy to others — it will be extended to us. It’s like the law of attraction — what goes around, comes around, and you reap what you sow.

    A: I need to always do my part. No matter what. Whether big or small, I must be willing to walk in obedience to do what God has called me to do. Live how He has called me to live. When I go to the throne and ask God to do His part, I need to be sure I’m doing mine.

    P: Father, You are amazing. I love how You care about even the finest detail of my life. There is nothing that goes unnoticed. Forgive me for not doing my part when I am aware of what I need to do. Give me the strength, the courage, the willingness to always respond how You would want me to respond. I know that the plans You have for me are for good, I desire the abundant life with You! Open my eyes to see, my ears to hear, and my heart to know ALL things that are separating me from You. I am willing to respond fully. Thank you for the many ways You have revealed Yourself and your might provision in my life. I love you, I need you. love t

    • Rebekah says:

      Teri, your prayer speaks to me today! I DO know His plans for me are for good! I know that I know that I KNOW! His provision is MIGHTY, and I quickly forget all the little and big blessings He gifts to me every second I’m alive. Thank you for for being a LIGHT! xo =)

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