Emanna for 05/24/2020
Pray in This Way (2)
Matt 6:11 Give us today our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (14) For if you forgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you also; (15) But if you do not forgive men their offenses, neither will your Father forgive your offenses.
Words of Ministry
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verse 11 says, "Give us today our daily bread." This prayer is all-inclusive. The patterned prayer firstly cares for God's name, God's kingdom, and God's will; then secondly, for our need. This reveals that in this fighting prayer the Lord will still take care of our needs. According to verse 11 we are to ask "today" for our "daily bread." The King does not want His people to worry about tomorrow (v. 34); He only wants them to pray for their needs today. Thirdly, the patterned prayer cares for the kingdom people's failures before God and their relationship with others. They should ask the Father to forgive their debts, their failures, and their trespasses, as they forgive their debtors to maintain peace. Verse 12 indicates that in this fighting prayer we must admit and confess that we have shortcomings, mistakes, and wrongdoings. We are in debt to others. Hence, we must ask the Father to forgive us as we forgive others for the Father's sake. Verses 14 and 15 reveal that the condition of prayer is to forgive others their offenses. "For" indicates that the word in verses 14 and 15 is an explanation of why the kingdom people must forgive their debtors (v. 12). If they do not forgive man's offenses, neither will their heavenly Father forgive their offenses; hence, their prayer will be frustrated.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 268-269. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 5/2/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.