“Forgive us Our Failures” (Day 7 of Lord's Prayer)
Praying to the One Who Repairs our Ruptures
In the first prayer concerning ruptures (“daily bread”), Jesus teaches us to bring our physical needs to our Father.
In the second kind of rupture, Jesus teaches us to bring the ruptures in our relationships.
Jesus is leading us
from give us daily bread that we hold onto.
to forgive us our failures that have a hold on us.
It is like our Father, from the first to the second rupture, is
carrying to us some bread, so we can live
And then carrying away from us our sin, so we can live.
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“Forgive us our failures”
To forgive is
to offer pardon
to give up collecting payment
to give away the desire to punish
In praying this we are asking our Father to carry away the ruptures that we have caused. We are asking for our Father to no longer hold over us the ruptures we have caused.
Our Father, who is over us in the heavens, does not desire to hold over us our sins.
“as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103: 11-12).
In asking our Father to forgive our sin we are asking for God to do what God is already wanting to do. For our Father is always ready to repair what is ruptured.
And we know our Father wants to repair our ruptures because God is a good Father who
delights to be with us,
is making a new family out of misfits and orphans,
and stands opposed to the “evil one”, the source of all ruptures.
If our Father is going to hold onto to ruptures, and hold them over us, then our Father is acting more like the evil one.
But thankfully this is not the case.
Instead, our Father is the one who is repairing all ruptures.
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