“...Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors...“ (Mt 6: 11-12)
How very helpful is our Lord’s prayer, when I happen to have an important work-deadline, am procrastinating about it for some reason, and feeling anxious because of the crippling procrastination. That was, in fact, my situation just recently. But I kept repeating these particular verses of our Lord’s prayer, which, somehow to my surprise (O ye of little faith!), remove what is blocking me from doing what I need to do for my “daily bread,“ and help me walk through my responsibilities.
So, why these verses, if I’m dealing with procrastination? Because, first of all, these verses help me get out of self-reliance, specifically in the area of earning “daily bread,“ and out of the anxiety that comes from that self-reliance, or carrying the weight of my financial responsibilities on my own shoulders. God can, and will, provide for me, giving me the strength and courage to do what I need to do. And, second of all, when I ask for any and all “debts“ to be forgiven, as I forgive the debts of myself and others, I receive the liberating grace of all-around forgiveness, including self-forgiveness. It frees me from crippling self-doubt, which often plays its ugly part in the whole business of procrastination. So this morning as I hand in the project due today, I thank God for teaching us to ask for His help, which does for me what I can’t do for myself.