The Cost of Discipleship was wriiten by German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In chapter fifteen, called “The Hiddenness of Prayer”, we read of his understanding on The Lord’s Prayer, including the statement of our Lord Jesus: “Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors”.

Every day Christ’s followers must acknowledge and bewail their guilt. Living as they do in fellowship with him, they ought to be sinless, but in practice their life is marred daily witl all manner of unbelief, sloth in prayer, lack of bodily discipline, self-indulgence of every kind, envy, hatred and ambition.

No wonder that they must pray daily for God’s forgivness.

But God will only forgive them if they forgive one another with readiness and brotherly affection. Thus, they bring all their guilt before God and pray as a body for forgivness. God forgive not merely me my debts, but us ours (167).

Are ready to forgive the sins of others?