Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
I’ve taken these petitions separately when I pray, but I see how they also fit together very closely.
When I pray “…we …” and “,us,” I am thinking about all of us – in the world. I think it’s a prayer for all of us.
But, I’m thinking in particular of me and somebody who have things to forgive each other for. And the temptations I pray to avoid are not forgiving and not seeking to take some sort of revenge, including holding back. I think that’s also the evil I want to avoid.
When I think about this long-standing grudge match, all of these fit together. They’re “spot on.”