Our message series this month is called “Praying with Jesus.” Did you know that the Bible teaches that Jesus is praying for you right now? He wants us to join our prayers with His in order to see God do great things. So, when He was here on this earth, Jesus gave us instructions on how to pray prayers that get answered. Part of those instructions are found in the Lord’s Prayer, an example prayer to teach us how to pray better.
Today, my message is entitled “The Importance of Forgiveness.” We’re going to be talking about the place of forgiveness in prayer, both receiving forgiveness from God for ourselves and giving forgiveness to those who have sinned against us. A woman named Dawn Smith Jordan learned about forgiveness through a very difficult time. Dawn’s seventeen-year-old sister Shari was kidnapped and murdered just two days before her high school graduation. After the body was found, the killer phoned the family several times and described in detail the killing. Eventually, the murderer was caught and given the death sentence. Dawn and her family thought that this difficult chapter in their lives was over. However, the story wasn’t over. A few years later, the convicted murderer wrote Dawn’s family a letter. He told them that he had become a Christian and asked them to forgive him. What would you have done? How would you have responded?
Today, we’re going to look at the part of the Lord’s Prayer dealing with forgiveness.
Matthew 6:12 (NIV) Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.