7.6 Forgive us our Debts

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry


And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And, Lord, as duly as we pray every day for our daily bread, we pray for the forgiveness of our sins; for we are all held accountable to God, Romans 3:19(ESV) have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23(ESV) We all stumble in many ways every day. James 3:2(ESV) Who can tell how often he stumbles? Psalm 19:12(ESV) If you should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. Psalm 130:3-4(ESV) God, be merciful to us sinners! Luke 18:13(ESV)

We have wasted our Lord’s possessions; Luke 16:1(ESV) we have buried the talents we were entrusted with. Matthew 25:18(ESV) We have not made return according to the benefit done to us; 2 Chronicles 32:25(ESV) and thus, we have come to be in debt. The Scripture has concluded us all under sin; Galatians 3:22(KJV) we have practiced such things as deserve death, Romans 1:32(ESV) things for which the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6(ESV) Our debt is more than ten thousand talents; it is a great debt, and we cannot pay. So far are we from being able to say, “Have patience with us, and we will pay everything.” Matthew 18:24-26(ESV) Justly therefore might our accuser hand us over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, to be put in prison, the prison of hell, until we should pay the last penny. Matthew 5:25-26(ESV)

But blessed be God, there is a way found out of agreeing with our accuser; for if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 2:1-2(ESV) For his sake, we entreat you, blot out all our transgressions, Psalm 51:1(ESV) and enter not into judgment with us. Psalm 143:2(ESV) He is our Guarantor, Hebrews 7:22(ESV) who restored what he did not steal, Psalm 69:4(ESV) that blessed Arbiter, who has laid his hand on us both. Job 9:33(ESV) Through him let us be reconciled to God, 2 Corinthians 5:20(ESV) and let the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands be cancelled and set aside, being nailed to the cross of Christ, that we may be made alive together with Christ, having all our trespasses forgiven us. Colossians 2:13-14(ESV) Be merciful toward our iniquities, and remember our sins no more. Hebrews 8:12(ESV)

And give us, we beg you, to receive reconciliation; Romans 5:11(ESV) to know that our sins are forgiven us. 1 John 2:12(ESV) Speak peace to us, Psalm 85:8(ESV) and let us hear joy and gladness. Psalm 51:8(ESV) Let the blood of Jesus your Son cleanse us from all sin, 1 John 1:7(ESV) and purify our consciences from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14(ESV)

And as an evidence that you have forgiven our sins, we plead with you, give us grace to forgive our enemies, to love those who hate us and bless those who curse us; Matthew 5:44(KJV) for we acknowledge that if we do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will our Father forgive our trespasses. Matthew 6:15(ESV) And therefore we forgive, Lord; we desire heartily to forgive, if we have a complaint against another, as the Lord has forgiven us. Colossians 3:13(ESV) Far be it from us to say that we will repay evil, Proverbs 20:22(ESV) or that we should avenge ourselves; Romans 12:19(ESV) but we pray that all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander may be put away from us, along with all malice; and that we may be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us. Ephesians 4:31-32(ESV) O make us merciful, even as our Father who is in heaven is merciful, Luke 6:36(ESV) who has promised that with the merciful he shows himself merciful. Psalm 18:25(ESV)