Phil Davis says: I’m sure many would think of prayer as a form of meditation similar to what is used in Eastern religions. I can only speak about my concept
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors …” I know these words. I've said them hundreds of times when reciting the Lord's Prayer. They have a pleasant reciprocal flow, while conjuring images of the good ole Biblical days when people traded livestock, grain, little pieces of silver with each other. Nowadays, we don’t talk about having multiple “debts” as much as we are “in debt,” or buried in loans which are owed to faceless corporate creditors. I used to work for a small business that was run by a family member. We were having a hard time getting off the ground, and for months at a time I would get partial or no pay. After a while, the amount owed to me was becoming substantial, but my relative always ensured that I’d be paid for my work. After a few years like this, the company went out of business and my relative declared bankruptcy. I was still owed several thousand dollars, and matters became very difficult between us. I was still ensured that I’d eventually be compensated, but it wasn’t looking good. I was distraught for several months afterwards. It didn’t help that I was all but broke, but I felt incompetent for having trusted my relative and for having put myself in that situation. When I finally got around to praying about it (why does this always take so long?), I found peace. It’s not like this is a new problem – owing money is one of the most common roots of disagreement among the human race. That’s probably why the topic made it into the Lord’s Prayer! I looked through my life and found innumerable instances where I’d been generously given something, be it meals, presents, other little things here and there. When I weighed that into the scale, it no longer seemed that I’d gotten the shaft. In a bold move (for me), I eliminated the balance of the debt in my accounting system – thereby forgiving the loan, according to my books. I’m supposedly still going to receive the balance at some point, but I no longer see it as something that I’m missing. I know that my completeness and integrity as God’s reflection don’t need compensation, and that all of my needs, as well as those of my relative, are met by Divine Love.