Pray this Way

A Study of the Lord's Prayer

Session 4: No Trespassing!

Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

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  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1.8-9



For Your Consideration:

  1. How can you be sure that you are forgiven?
  2. There is a saying, "Forgive and forget." Is it easier to forgive or to forget a wrong done to you? Is the saying true? Should we instead "Forgive and remember!"?
  3. There are some evils done in this world which are so terrible that it seems almost impossible to forgive them. (the Holocaust, rape, murders, etc.) How do you deal with such situations?
  4. How would you classify sins? Are some worse than others? In what ways do you sin against God? Against someone else? Against yourself?
  5. Which is sweeter: revenge or forgiveness?
  6. If someone sins against you, which is more harmful to you: to bear the sin or to bear a grudge?
  7. An example: if someone as a child was sexually abused by a relative, what would it mean for that person to forgive the abuser? What sort of relationship should be established?
  8. Is it right to seek the death penalty? This issue is a complicated one involving many passages from Scripture, but what guidance does the Lord’s Prayer provide?
  9. Which is more true?
    - Our capacity to forgive depends on God’s forgiveness toward us.
    - God’s capacity to forgive us depends on our forgiving others.
  10. Keep in mind the important distinction between sin (as a power or force in our lives) and sins (the specific wrong things we do because of the power of sin). In the Lord’s Prayer, are we asking for forgiveness of sin or sins?
  11. The answer to the previous question should help you answer this one. Is the Lord’s Prayer a prayer for an unbeliever seeking to be forgiven and saved or is it the prayer for a believer seeking to grow in a relationship with God?
  12. John the Baptist preached "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." (Mark 1.4) Jesus forgave sins during his ministry. (Mark 2.1-12) If such forgiveness was available before his death, why did Jesus have to die? (Passages like Romans 5.15-21 and Hebrews 9-10 may help.)

The sins of some people are conspicuous and precede them to judgment, while the sins of others follow them there.

1 Timothy 5.24


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