WEEK ONE PRAYER FOCUS: The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
Day five: God is gracious
TODAY'S FIRST PASSAGE: Matthew 6:12 “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors"
Forgiveness is one of the most crucial components of the Christian faith. Other religions have pathways of penance, or ways that a person must earn their way toward salvation, but our hope is fixed upon a God who graciously and generously forgives us. The gift of eternal life God gives us comes through His radical act of forgiving us for every sin, and declaring us righteous before Him.
Forgiveness enables us to draw close to a holy God, removing any wedge between us. It also allows us to draw close to one another as we, like God, extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us. Over and over again, the Bible requires us to show others the same grace that God has shown us, by forgiving when we’ve been hurt.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
- Do I really believe that God is gracious - that He doesn’t hold my sins against me or require me to earn my way to righteousness? If it’s hard to believe this, ask Him to heal your perspective of Him, and ask for forgiveness for thinking less of Him than He really is.
- Are there any things today that I need to ask God to forgive me for?
- Can I recall a time that I have really received forgiveness from God? How does this impact my ability to forgive others?
- Is there someone in my life that I need to forgive?
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES:
Work through these scriptures, letting them sink into your heart, and wrapping your own words around them for yourself, your family, our church and for our city.
For yourself/your family: 1 John 1:9
For Commonwealth: Ephesians 4:1-5
For the City: Acts 2:38-41
DAY FOUR PRAYER CHALLENGE:
Take the bold step today to forgive someone or ask forgiveness of someone with whom there is division or tension.
***If you’d like to learn more about forgiveness, we’d recommend this book: Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall