“When you pray, “Forgive us our debts,” act on the integrity of the Lord’s Prayer and seek God’s forgiveness—and accept it. If you sincerely pray, “Forgive my debt,” God will do three things. First, He will forgive you. “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9, NLT). But it doesn’t end there.
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful . . . to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9, NLT). After forgiving you, God wipes out the record in heaven of your wickedness. If you feel continuing shame for past sins God has forgiven, your guilty conscience has more authority in your life than God! Your record is clean, now allow the Spirit to clean your conscience as well. Don’t listen to the voice of shame. God has forgiven and forgotten, and now you can live as a cleansed child of God.
The third thing God does when you pray, “Forgive my debt,” is renew His fellowship with you. “We are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are…“we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light . . . the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:6-7, NLT). You have come out of darkness of sin into the Light of Christ, and you have fellowship with the Father. “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him” (Ps. 103:11-12, NLT).
Excerpt From: Elmer L. Towns. “Fasting with the Lord’s Prayer.”
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:22-26
Memory Verse: “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25, NKJV).