The Lord’s Prayer Part 2

In continuing to look at The Lord’s Prayer as an outline and guide to shape our daily prayers, today, we’re looking at part 2.  A little food and a little forgiveness. 

“Give us today our daily bread.
 Forgive us our debts,
      as we also have forgiven our debtors.” 
Matthew 6:11-12
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4.  God’s Provision: “Give us”
Here we see Jesus, the need meeter, telling us to pray daily and ask God to supply our needs.  One thing I think that’s so interesting is that it doesn’t ask for yearly bread, monthly bread, or even weekly bread, but daily bread.  Each day, praying, telling God what you need for the day, and allowing Him to fulfill you.  Letting God fulfill and provide for us is a daily, and sometimes even hourly, process.  We can’t expect to check in at the beginning of the month, but we need to go to him daily.   
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 7:34 (NKJV) 
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
5.  God’s Forgiveness: “And Forgive us”
Here, Jesus said, there are two types of forgiveness we need to pray for.  First, we need the forgiveness of our God.  We are all broken and sinful, and despite our best and our worst efforts, we are a people in need of daily forgiveness.  
 Likewise, we need to be willing to extend forgiveness and love to those around us.  Here’s where I have the trouble.  It’s a lot easier for me to admit my own shortcomings and mistakes, than to forgive those who have wronged me.  But each day, as we pray, Jesus says not only do we need to ask for God’s forgiveness, but we need to imitate His mercy and walk in love and forgiveness towards those around us.  
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32
Heavenly Father, thank you for the way that each day, you are more than enough for me.  Today, I pray that you will grant me with every good thing I need for accomplishing your purposes.  Thank you for the way that you daily satisfy and nourish my soul in a way that only you can. 
I also confess to you all the ways I have fallen short.  Please forgive me.  Thank you for your incredible grace that abounds in us.  I pray that you will help me rely on this grace as I forgive those who have hurt or wronged me.  Give me a heart full of love and grace.  It is only with you and through you that I am able to extend forgiveness.  Thank you for the strength and freedom we have in you!  Amen.   

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