Grown Up Prayers - Part 4: "Debt Collector"

Series: Grown Up Prayers

What’s wrong with us and why is it so hard to change? The answer to that question is found in the Lord’s Prayer. “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” The key is repentance.  Resentence is the key that gives access to canceled debts, and the freedom to cancel our debtors. But repentance is often misunderstood. It doesn’t grow out of shame. It doesn’t grow out of frustration. Repentance only grows out of love. Only when you see God’s love can you repent. And only when you repent that you can be free.

Speaker: Jason Ewart

May 12, 2022

Jason Ewart

Lead Pastor

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Grown- Up Prayers

Part 4 - “Debt Collector”

May 12 & 15, 2022

 

Luke 11:1-3

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.

 

Luke 11:4

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

 

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

Psalm 51:1-5

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

 

  • Take full responsibility.

 

  • See sin as God sees it.

 

Psalm 51:8-9

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

 

  • God will hide his face from your sins because he hid his face from Jesus on the cross.

 

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 

  • We lose the joy of salvation when we sin, but we first sin when we lose the joy of salvation.

 

Psalm 51:1

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;

 

This week in prayer:

  • Take responsibility for your sins.
  • Pray for the joy of salvation.
  • Forgive those who sin against you.

 

 

Group Questions

  1. What do you associate with the word “repentance”? Do you think this association is Biblical? Consider 2 Corinthians 7:10.
  2. Do you have a hard time forgiving people? Are there certain offenses that are harder for you to forgive than others? Are there certain people that are harder to forgive than others? Explain.
  3. In the message, we talked about two critical ideas of repentance:
    1. Take full responsibility.
    2. See sin the way God sees it.
      1. Is one of these harder for you? Why are both critical?
  4. Read Romans 2:4 and Luke 15:10. Why are these critical verses to remember to develop the habit of repentance?
  5. Read Matthew 6:14-15. Is forgiveness conditional? How would you explain it?
  6. Read Psalm 51:10-12. How would you say these verses in your own words?

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