Salvation from oppression

Daily reading: Luke 11:2-4
Saturday September 10, 2016

Focus passage: Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who has wronged us.  And don’t lead us into temptation.  Luke 11:4

The prayer concludes with a petition to not be led into temptation, another way to say that is to pray for salvation from oppression.

We pray that God will help us to stay away from situations that can rob us of hope and faith.  For each of us, these situations will vary, but we know when we have stumbled into them.  They lead to moments where we create breaks or fractures in our relationship with God, ourselves and our neighbors. 

The final petition points to the reality that God’s kingdom is not yet in our world and as people of faith we live in both worlds.  We all experience the struggle to remain faithful, to seek the kingdom and to choose God first.

Forgiveness helps to mend the fragments in our lives and in our community.  We practice it and live into it because on any given day we experience brokenness and fractures that have happened either intentionally or unintentionally.  We practice it because it is vital in our Christian walk, for both our physical and spiritual health. 

Prayer: God, help me to practice forgiveness today, help me to forgive myself and others.  Lead me down a good path today and help me to make good choices that honor you.  Amen.


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