Devotional Thought for Today – 02/24/2022

Prayer Series XLI

We continue with excerpts from Reformed Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer.

Matthew 6:5-15, Luke 11:2-4

The Petitions (continued)

And forgive us our trespasses…

Who are meant by us, for whom forgiveness is asked? Ourselves: for every man is in the first place to be concerned for his own pardon . . . Others also, not only those who are already of God’s family, but all sorts of men living. 1 Timothy 2:1.

Thomas Boston

A trespass [is] a deviation from uprightness and truth . . . from obedience to God.

W.E. Vine

Trespasses (Ephesians 2:1) . . . indicate the deliberate transgression of the law [of God].

Geoffrey B. Wilson

[Here] we confess that we are sinners, and need daily . . . forgiveness.

J.C. Ryle

Forgiveness necessarily implies ill- desert on the part of the forgiven, and grace on the part of Him who forgives.

William S. Plumer

The forgiveness that is ascribed to God (Psalm 130:4) is not a relaxing of His strict justice . . . but a forgiveness . . . through an atonement of His providing.

William de Burgh

The proof that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ (i.e. in His death) (2 Corinthians 5:19) is that He does not impute to men their trespasses . . . Not to impute sin is to forgive it. Romans 4:5; 2 Timothy 4:16.

Charles Hodge

The greatness of our sins does not debar us from humbly casting ourselves at the feet of God.

William S. Plumer

Bible Proof Texts: Psalm 130:4, Psalm 25:11, Psalm 32:1-2,5


The Lord’s Prayer: Explained and Applied (by Wilhelmus à Brakel)

Sermon on The Lord’s Prayer by Charles Spurgeon – “A Heavenly Pattern for Our Earthly Life”


What Is the Purpose of the Lord’s Prayer? (GTY Ministries)

What is the Lord’s prayer? (by James Ussher)

The Lord’s Prayer: Its Spirit and Teaching (by Octavius Winslow)

The Lord’s Prayer (eBook) (by A W Pink)

The Lord’s Prayer (eBook) by Thomas Watson

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