Mon, 21 May 2012
May 20, 2012
What’s This About Trespasses?
A Confession In the Context of the Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:12; Luke 11:4
Synopsis: “When you pray,” Jesus said, “… pray to your Father in private.” (Mt. 6:6, NLT) In matters of private personal prayer, the public is not invited. Topics of prayer come from matters of the heart and soul of believers. Forgiveness is one of the issues believers have to address in the presence of their Heavenly Father.
Each Sunday morning at Emmanuel, during our opening prayer, as an expression of our unity in the presence of Christ, we pray together the Lord’s Prayer. It is, as found in Scripture, a corporate expression of prayer. I have often told people that it doesn’t matter if they are using the same words together. Week by week certain words take on special meaning to us individually.
Translators vary in the English words they use to translate the Greek. There are even differences in the Greek. That’s not a problem. The fact is there are many ways to say what we need to say to our Heavenly Father in times of prayer.
This message deals particularly with issues of forgiveness and the words of the prayer. “Forgive us our ____” is it debts, or trespasses, or wrongs, or sins? “As we forgive our ____” well, you really need to be the one to fill in the blanks. Maybe it would help if I closed the door for you. I believe that when we stand “face to face” with our Heavenly Father forgiveness matters.
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 6:6, 12; Luke 11:4; Mt. 7:12; Lk. 6:31.
Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760
Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed
Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.