The Lord’s Prayer — “Forgive us our trespasses”

Dallas Willard’s thoughts on this particular part of the prayer get right to the point:

Today even many Christian read and say “forgive us our trespasses” as “give me a break.” In the typically late-twentieth century manner, this saves the ego and its egotism. “I am not a sinner, I just need a break!” But no, I need more than a break. I need pity because of who I am. I my pride is untouched when I pray for forgiveness, I have not prayed for forgiveness. I don’t even understand it.

We are still this way. We just don’t like to admit our condition. It is “offensive” in some way to discuss things as “sin.” It’s almost like we pray, “Could you help me get past this little quirk of mine?”

But we need pity. We need the incredible grace of God touching us as we feel the pain of our failure. We don’t need minor adjustments. We need a complete overhaul.

2 thoughts on “The Lord’s Prayer — “Forgive us our trespasses”

  1. Also in this prayer is an assumption of repentance. We’re truly sorry and we determine not to do it again–not to live in the same sin going forward. Why is this such a foreign concept to the modern Christian? Father, help us, and send Your Spirit of conviction on our hearts.

  2. Praying for the Holy Spirit to prick us so hard, that the thought of sinning against our LORD God makes us repulsive, gives us a gag reaction to say the least. Makes us shudder and shrink back from that thought of sinning, that action we want to do, or perhaps did. If Adam and Eve hid right after they sinned against God, it probably was because of great shame, guilt and despair of being seperated from Him. Remember that one. We do not have to be seperated from God because of sin; Jesus made a way for us not to go through unnecessary torment.

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