Text: Genesis 39: 2 & 21 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master….. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (ESV)
Text: Matthew 18: 21 – 35 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven….. (ESV)
Text: Matthew 6: 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)
Q. 127 What does the sixth petition mean?
A. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil” means:
By ourselves we are too weak to hold our own even for a moment. And our sworn enemies—the devil, the world,and our own flesh—never stop attacking us.
And so, Lord, uphold us and make us strong with the strength of your Holy Spirit, so that we may not go down to defeat in this spiritual struggle, but may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory.
Text: Matthew 6: 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (ESV)
Q. 126 What does the fifth petition mean?
A. “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” means:
Because of Christ’s blood, do not hold against us, poor sinners that we are, any of the sins we do or the evil that constantly clings to us. Forgive us just as we are fully determined, as evidence of your grace in us, to forgive our neighbours.
Text: Matthew 18: 15 – 20 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.(ESV)
Q. What does the fourth petition mean? A. “Give us this day our daily bread” means: Do take care of all our physical needs so that we come to know that you are the only source of everything good, and that neither our work and worry nor your gifts can do us any good without your blessing. And so help us to give up our trust in creatures and trust in you alone.
Important qualifications: Contentment: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. Intercession: Thanksgiving: