Senior Pastor’s Devotional
Day 18 Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”

Matthew 6:9-13
“The Lord’s Prayer.”

We have seen thus far that the Lord’s prayer is a comprehensive guide as what to pray. It is detailed – covering many areas that at times we may not be conscious of.

Today, we read from verse 12 – “and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.”

What does asking God to forgive our sins has got to do with us forgiving others who have sinned against us?

I am reminded of Jesus parable of the Unmerciful servant.
-He was forgiven for a debt that he owed to the King.
-BUT he was unmerciful towards others who were owing him.
-The news came back to the King and he was punished as a result.

Truths we can learn to pray about:-

1) It is not a problem for God to forgive us – but remember to show the same forgiveness to those who have wronged us.

That is what the Lord wants us to be aware of. If we were to freely receive from God – His forgiveness – are we ready to also forgive others who have offended or hurt us?

Jesus emphasized this again when he said, “when you bring your gift to the altar make sure you go and make right with your brother first before you offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)

2) The next thing about this prayer is that when we come to God – it is more than asking for things – it is time to SEARCH our hearts and to be changed by Him. It is time to allow the Holy Spirit to shine into the blind corner of our lives so that we may be transformed.

Prayer is beyond ask; ask and ask. It is about letting Him to deal with us.

“Lord, may you forgive us of our sins – just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us.”

Ps Lawrence.