Matthew 6:9-15 gives us as disciples a framework for prayer. He gives us more information about forgiveness at the end of the prayer, underlining its importance for us. Matthew takes us beyond our everyday world of bartering and bargaining and reminds us that forgiveness, although freely given, is inextricably bound up with repentance. “Unless we let go of the things that hold us back in our relationship with God – our selfishness, our lack of love, our clinging on to old resentments and past hurts – there will be no room for forgiveness.” (“Sharing The Easter Story”, P 62)
The Lord’s Prayer reminds us of the limitless love of God, but also shows us that we need to place ourselves constantly within the scope of that love.