We are now at the third part of the prayer which is
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Of course we depend on God for our very existence. If he doesn’t want us around then we would no longer exist. We have free will to make our own decisions but not whether we exist or not. So, it is proper for us to thank God everyday for what we eat, where we live, and for our every breath.
Forgiving people who have done us wrong is the second issue in this petition. God seems to be putting a condition on His forgiveness! If we don’t forgive others He won’t forgive us. This again seems to go in the face of “grace alone”. If God has truly given us unconditional grace then what are these words about and why are they in this all important prayer? Many theologians say this means that we all desperately need God’s forgiveness as we are all sinners. I certainly agree with that but why “as we also forgive”? I take these words more literally than many I guess. Yes, on the last day God will forgive us our sins because Jesus earned that for us but we will still be accountable for not forgiving those who sin against us. What being accountable means, I don’t know but I’m sure God has it worked out. That will be an embarrassing time for all of us. We must face our perfect God with our imperfect actions.
The call to action: Thank God daily, if not constantly, for the gifts He gives us and as God forgive us He calls for us to forgive others who sin against us.