S - Luke 11:4 - and forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
O - These red letters in my Bible hit hard to me because I walk in the conundrum of the realization that it is easy to live in the double standard in the area of forgiveness. In this model prayer that Jesus gave to us, He is wanting us to understand and even press into this idea of forgiveness. In this prayer, Jesus is modeling some important things for us in this: understanding who God is in our lives and His Holiness, His agenda over ours, our provision, forgiveness and for us to be strong as we are living in a corrupt world. So 20% of this model prayer is in regards to finances.
A - For far too long in my life, I allowed myself to live in this double standard. I had a hard time forgiving, but yet I wanted forgiveness instantly. Jesus, in some of His final moments here on this earth, offers forgiveness to those that put Him on the cross, yet I would find it difficult to forgive someone for something petty in comparison. In this passage, Jesus is helping us understand the need to ask God to forgive our shortcomings or our sins, but also the need to forgive others. We are unable to neighbor well unless we know how to forgive. Forgiving isn’t saying that what they did was okay. Forgiving isn’t even for the other person. Forgiveness is for us so that we can continue to live with clean hearts!
P - Lord,
Thank You for your forgiveness. Even though we come up short many times this week or even today, You are quick to forgive and forget. Please, through the Holy Spirit, would You help us carry Your nature as we forgive those who have wronged us. As we do, may Your name be kept Holy and people be drawn to You!