Letters and Phone Calls
All though I consider God to be with me always I sometimes think of our
relationship as long distance. That is why I use the title Letters and
Phone Calls. A large part of any working relationship is communication.
If your relationship becomes divided by geography then we resort to letters
and phone calls to keep that vital link alive. In a similar sense we must
rely on the Bible (letters) and prayer (phone calls) to keep communicating
In this portion of the scripture Jesus is stressing the importance of praying for the benefit of furthering the relationship between God and you. It is not meant to be used as a platform for impressing your fellow man or to preach at them.
9 This then is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus expresses the importance of addressing our heavenly Father with respect for his holy person. He also lets us know that we must communicate a desire for God's will to be done in our lives.
11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."
With these three verses Jesus is letting us know that it is all right to ask God to aid us in all our needs. He speaks of our mundane needs like food, the forgiveness of sin and our ability to forgive others, and even dealing with temptation which is an every day event in spiritual warfare.
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
The forgiveness of sin is a key element in having a relationship with
God. Forgiveness is a sacrifice of love. Jesus gave us two simple commandments,
which he stated are the sum of all the Laws and the prophets. The first
and most important being to love God with all your heart and soul. The
second commandment being to love your neighbor as you love yourself. So
to truly be a loving, caring and forgiving person we must work to achieve
both things within ourselves and somehow reconcile the two (meaning our
love for God and our love for our fellow man).