Texts: Matthew 6:9-13; Acts 4:32-37
Maybe this has happened to you before: You’re in a group that’s praying the Lord’s Prayer without a script, everything is going smoothly until: “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our…” At this point, unless a leader has prompted the group ahead of time, you have one of four options. You can say “sins,” “forgive us our sins.” You can say, “debts,” “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” You can say “trespasses.” Or, you can make a noncommittal mumble or simply stay silent as a way of yielding to whichever choice the majority of others go with. I think I’ve tried all four options at different times.
One can cite Scripture for using any one of those three words, but on closer examination, there is one that comes out as the leader for the original intent of the prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer appears twice in the New Testament, once in Luke’s gospel, and once in Matthew. Jesus is giving his disciples words to use when they pray. The prayer condenses Jesus’ theology into just a few statement. Luke’s is the shorter and more compact version and...