Devotion for First Tuesday in Lent 2012

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. ~ Matthew 6:7–15

Heavenly Father, I am so glad that You forgive my sins, but it’s hard for me to forgive others for pain they have caused me. Yet Jesus Himself said that if we don’t forgive others, You won’t forgive us. I have so little to forgive compared to the forgiveness that You offer; help me to forgive the way You do. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, now and forever, world without end. Amen.

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