“A Prayer to Jesus, 7-28-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
My dear friends and believers I ask and bid you join with me in a prayer for forgiveness from the living god Jesus Christ the savior and redeemer of the world.
Dear Jesus, you have commanded us to forgive the trespasses of others made against us as you have forgiven us. Your forgiveness to all humanity and the erasure of our sins in the covering of our righteousness is without limits and is something we cannot truly fathom. In forgiving our sins on the cross, you have gone far on behalf of a sinful and corrupt humanity. On the cross in the suffering and pain you endured on our behalf;
on the cross and in the agony of Gethsemane and in the walk to the cross and the nailing and the three days of agony and pain the extent of your forgiveness of a failed humanity and in your immeasurable forgiveness, restore us was and is without measure and challenges our human understanding. Yet we perhaps when given the slightest offense and hurt are not only ready to take offense but often seek and contemplate vengeance.
In sum, not only do we not forgive but, hesitate to do so but if we do or claim to do so, it is only words and little more and does not involves our souls, minds, and spirits. And so, dear forgiving Jesus, we ask and pray to you to follow within our limited understanding your command and example of forgiveness. Teach us to the fathom your forgiveness and teach us to follow your forgiveness in our lives and as we follow your forgiveness we rise to and are remade your likeness and image.