Father Forgive Them
They Do Not Know What They are Doing
A very simple prayer. A very important prayer. Sometimes, the only prayer.
Why did Cain kill Abel? Why did Israel kill the prophets? Why did the religious leaders kill Jesus? Why are Christians martyred today? Why are the most dedicated believers in the churches often the ones who are most abused?
These are difficult questions. The question is: how do we deal with such travesty? Jesus is the answer. He did not retaliate. He recognized that the people were wrong. Some of them were innocently wrong. Some were persuaded that wrong was right. Some were malicious and intentionally abused the more Godly persons.
Sometimes the only prayer is the one that Jesus prayed. Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. We need to realize that Spiritual blindness is being Spiritually blind. In other words, these people cannot see. Spiritual sight is being held from them. God has not opened their eyes. Or, perhaps they are willfully rejecting the light of God.
In the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, the simple faith of the common people gave way to the politics of the leaders. The people were persuaded to follow the system instead of obeying the truth that they knew in their hearts. In one week, the popular opinion went from: “Hosanna” to “Crucify Him!”
In spite of this travesty, Jesus prayed this prayer. On the cross, Jesus prayed this prayer. Jesus taught and lived and made disciples. But, in the end, there was this travesty of justice. And Jesus prayed. Father forgive them…
In Jesus’ life, God had a plan. In your life, God has a plan. We should work and strive for justice and truth. We should live and teach and work. If, however, right remains elusive, or right becomes wrong, or wrong becomes right, we pray the same prayer that Jesus prayed.
How does one submit to the will of the Father? How does one maintain emotional equilibrium? How does one maintain Spiritual sanity? How does one maintain the humility of The Christ?
By maintaining close fellowship with the Father through His Word and through the power of the Holy Spirit and by praying:
Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.