It dawned to me when I was going through Matthew 6 verses 5-14 that what has been dubbed the Lord’s prayer is actually not the Lord’s prayer as in the prayer Jesus prayed for Himself. (E.g. He was sinless and would not pray for forgiveness upon Himself) The prayer was a model for me and you to emulate not verbatim but in principle and perspective. Here is one of the Biggies: the petition for forgiveness is preceded by 2 petitions, 1. that the will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven (verse 10), and 2, the petition for the daily bread (verse 11) The morale of story is that the disposition (love) of the Father is not informed or engendered by our position nor is His love for us predicated on our conduct— thus the 2 petitions mentioned precede the petition for forgiveness lest we delude ourselves that when we are forgiven then we qualify. Perish the thought. In other words don’t wait until you think you deserve in order to ask (firstly, you will never deserve, secondly it is not necessary to deserve – for while we were lost and rebellious He sought us and died for us) Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
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