INTRO TO SECTIONS // THE LORD’S PRAYER
The Lord’s Prayer is often recited in churches or at religious events, but there’s so much more to this prayer. Jesus provided this model as an outline to teach us how to pray in a way that connects us to God, aligns our priorities with His, and helps us live dependently on Him. This model takes us through each part of The Lord’s Prayer, showing us how to pray the way Jesus instructed.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” LUKE 11:1
“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” MATTHEW 6:9-13 NKJV
DAY 5 | FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”
God has offered us complete forgiveness, and we can receive it at any time. When we turn away from our sins and receive His forgiveness, our hearts are more prepared to forgive others as well.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 JOHN 1:9
Ask God to check your heart and life and show you areas where you might need to ask for forgiveness from Him. Then, it is your turn to forgive those who have offended you. We can even choose to forgive people in advance. Ask God to forgive you and to help you forgive others.
“God, thank you so much for offering me the gift of forgiveness. Show me any areas in my life that I need to bring before you in order to receive forgiveness and healing. I confess that I have been struggling with sin (talk to God about any areas of sin in your life), and I know that you want me to be clean again. Please forgive me for my sin. Thank you for showing me unfailing grace. As you have so freely forgiven me, I also want to freely forgive others. Help me let go of the things that have offended me and acknowledge when I have offended others. I release to you those who have hurt me, and I trust you to handle those situations according to your perfect will.”
Today, pray for schools in Volusia and Seminole County. Pray for peace and protection for staff and students. Pray that Jesus gives us favor in these school systems to share the power of the Gospel.