Matthew 6:11-14 (NIV)
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
This is the conclusion of the series looking at Jesus’ model or outline of prayer that He gave His disciples. Verse 11 shows that our heavenly Father is concerned about our physical needs as well as our spiritual ones. God knows that we are not physically independent. If we do not have food, clothing and shelter we will die. He wants us to ask for what we need physically.
Verses 12, 13 and 14 are about the spiritual side of our Christian life. Verse 14 refers back to verse 12, where we are asking God to forgive our sins not only because we have repented of them, but because we are living His way of life and have forgiven others when they sin against us. God wants us to forgive that debt and and not to expect payment or compensation(revenge) of some kind. Nowhere in this outline of prayer does it show that we are required by God to allow this person to run up another debt(sin) against us. God allows us that choice. If the other person will not repent of their sin against us, then the debt of that sin remains between them and God. And the penalty for unrepented sin is death.
In Verse 13, we are asking our loving heavenly Father to spare us from situations which would make it difficult for us not to sin and to rescue us the evil one(Satan) who wants us to be in those situations He wants us to sin, to hurt us and to destroy us spiritually.
This model prayer is given in general terms. To go from the general to the specific, God has given us His Holy Spirit to live in us, to guide us, teach us, and transform us. If our desire is to be like Jesus, then our all powerful and tender hearted Heavenly Father will be pleased to give these things to us.
In His love and service