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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 4 – Matthew 6:12, 14, 15

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. . . .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.
I’ve grown up in the church, and so I’ve heard a lot of prayers offered over the course of my life.And one thing I’ve noticed is that most people at some point ask for God’s forgiveness in their prayer.But I really don’t ever remember hearing anyone pray for it as our Lord tells us to do here (unless they are explicitly reciting the Lord’s Prayer): there is no “as we forgive our debtors” part of the prayer.The fact is that many times I’ve asked for God’s forgiveness at the same time are harboring bitterness in my heart toward someone else, or perhaps even scheming for revenge.And yet the second part of this petition is not just put there to fill up space, as verses 14 and 15 make very clear.If we do not forgive others, we cannot expect our heave…