ANCHORED DAILY: Repent - Luke 11:1-4

posted by Bethel Communications | Jan 12, 2022

Today we are looking at the prayer Jesus taught His disciples in Luke 11:  1-4. They saw Him praying, and asked Him to teach them to pray. He  said, 

“When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be Your name 
Your Kingdom come. 
Give us each day our daily bread 
And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive 
everyone who is indebted to us. 
And lead us not into temptation.” 
This prayer is probably the most recited prayer in history. I have seen  people use it like it is a magic chant. “Say this prayer and everything will  be better!” Some say.  
There are groups of people who think of prayer itself as a chant. I do not  know where this idea originated, but it is not what Jesus is saying. The  disciples wanted to know what He says to God. He does not chant to 
God, He is not trying to get something from God, or trying to get God to  magically make sin disappear from His heart. I have known others, and  myself included, who have wished God would make our own personal sin  disappear. We call our “wish”, prayer. It is not what Jesus taught His  disciples. 
Alcoholics pray, or rather wish for their sin to disappear. But it doesn’t; and  neither does ours. In the 12 step process that Bill Wilson, the founder of  Alcoholics Anonymous developed, they acknowledge that they are  powerless over sin, and they admit their behavior is sin. What they do in  their meetings, and in their life is what Jesus’ prayer is all about.  
In Jesus’ prayer there are at least two truths that are missed when people  use the prayer as a chant: 
1- we are worth a lot to God 
2- Not only did Martin Luther King have a dream, but God had one  long before.  
In the Christmas Cannon put on by the trans Siberian orchestra, the song  says:  
this night we pray, our lives will show 
this dream He has, each child still knows. 
And in the Christmas song, “O holy night”, it says
Long lay the world in sin and error pinning, 
Until He appeared and the soul felt its worth. 
God’s dream is for people to be free from sin that blinds their hearts and  minds to the truth of their worth to God, so that He and those He created  can live together; God is not sin. This is true. Any sin in God’s presence  is destroyed, just like when you enter a dark room and turn on a light; the  darkness is “destroyed”; in other words, it is no more.  
When Jesus appeared, the soul felt its worth. The normal reaction to  feeling worthwhile is to see your sin for what it is. Sin devalues us, entraps  us, overwhelms; I have heard people say they feel like losers. When a soul  feels it's worth, the soul will see sin for what it is, and turn from it to see  Him who gives a person his/her worth apart from sin.  
To see Him causes us to ask for forgiveness, and if a person asks for  forgiveness, he/she will see the need to forgive those who have sinned  against him/her.  
Let’s pray, 
Father, as I look at You through the world You made, and through  Your son, I repent of my sin; anger, envy, porn, selfishness; all the things 
that tear me down, the person You died for. I forgive the world that tries to  destroy me on a daily basis. May my heart continually look at You in order  to live for you. 


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