A while ago I recited this prayer for a visiting friend; a Lutheran minister’s widow. She first commented, “Oh, it’s a paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer.” After I said that it was a new version from ACIM she asked, “What about forgiveness?” Something interrupted our conversation so I wasn’t able to express the following.
Because the first word in the prayer is “Forgive”, and this third sentence (below) asks about forgiveness, it’s what the Prayer highlights.
What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect?
In our home in Heaven, where the thought of this prayer resides in the Son’s Right Mind, God’s forgiveness is perfect. Because, as Jesus defines it in the Workbook, What Is Forgiveness? …
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven. What is sin, except a false idea about God’s Son? Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go. What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God. [W.II.1.1.]
The illusion of the separation does not exist; therefore, God needs not forgive it. Sentence one and three both petition for forgiveness, but typical of Course methodology; differently.