Whensoever ye stand (otan sthkete). Late form of present indicative sthkw, from perfect stem esthka. In LXX. Note use of otan as in John 11:19 . Jesus does not mean by the use of "stand" here to teach that this is the only proper attitude in prayer. That your Father also may forgive you (ina kai o pathr aph umin). Evidently God's willingness to forgive is limited by our willingness to forgive others. This is a solemn thought for all who pray. Recall the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:12Matthew 6:14 .