Daily Bible Reading: Day 260
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:1-4, ESV
What a different take on The Lord's Prayer. I am so used to repeating the version of The Lord's Prayer I learned as a child that I am always struck when it varies from the one I have committed to memory. The version we often repeat is found in Matthew 6:9-13. Luke's version feels more like the nuts and bolts of the prayer. In Matthew we read, "and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." I have never liked that part, asking God to forgive me with the measure I have used in forgiving others, though it helps to use the word "debt" instead of sin-it makes it seem more abstract. Luke's version hits me between the eyes. "For we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us." Truth? I am not able to honestly say that in my prayers. And do you want to know the worst of it? It is most likely to involve the people I love the most. Oh, the injuries that I am slow to forgive! There is a lot more laying down of my life that I need to do.
Grace, Peace, and Mercy,
I am a woman with a Mary heart and these are my musings as I read and study God's Word
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