Q. 146  What does the fifth request 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 neighbors.

Ps. 51:1-7; 143:2; Rom. 8:1; 1 John 2:1-2

Matt. 6:14-15; 18:21-35

Q. 147  What does the sixth request mean?

A.  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” means,  By ourselves we are too weak to hold our own even for a moment.1  And our sworn enemies–the devil,2 the world,3 and our own flesh—4 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,5  but may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory.6

Ps. 103:14-16; John 15:1-5

2 Cor. 11:14; Eph. 6:10-13; 1 Pet. 5:8

John 15:18-21

Rom. 7:23; Gal. 5:17

Matt. 10:19-20; 26:41; Mark 13:33; Rom. 5:3-5

1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Thess. 3:13; 5:23