Did you know that Jesus has given us the perfect prayer to pray each day to help us get ahead of any offenses that may be coming our way?
In Matthew 6, we read about Jesus teaching the disciples how to pray, more commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer. There is so much He could teach us to include in our daily prayers. If we were tasked with a job of teaching others how to pray, we may have included all the wrong things and left our some really important things. And the part we may have been tempted to minimize is the very thing Jesus seems to emphasize the most in Matthew 6:14-15 about confession and forgiveness.
The Importance of giving and receiving forgiveness makes up almost half the words in these verses. This should provoke us to want to lean in a little more to what Jesus asks us to pray about everyday, besides just requesting help and provision from God.
The Lord’s Prayer reminds us what the human heart needs every day – we need God, we need to be forgiven and we need to forgive. Which means forgiveness is supposed to be as much a part of our daily lives as eating and sleeping.
We live in a day and time when being offended almost seems to go hand I hand with being alive. Almost everyone is epically offended by something. Almost everyone has relationship troubles. And I would guess almost none of us are truly praying daily with confession and forgiveness like Jesus taught us.
Confession breaks the cycle of chaos inside of us. Forgiveness breaks the cycle between us and others. The Lord’s Prayer prepares our hearts, purifies our hearts, and protects our hearts from feeling heavy and holding ourselves hostage to bitterness, resentment, and un-forgiveness .
The best time to forgive is before we are ever offended. The next best time to forgive is right now. So, take some time today to speak blessing over the people with who you’ve had difficulty.
Remember, there is power in your words as well as power in you’re prayers.