PRAY IN SECRET
How many times have we read or heard the following scripture. Brothers, Jesus himself is speaking these words unto us. He is teaching us here how it is that we, as children of God, should both act, and be seen as doing.
Follow along with me here as we study what Jesus is saying to each of us who know Him.
Matthew Chapter 6:1-15
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Brothers, when we do anything that God has taught us to do such as, helping those in need, visiting the poor and sick, the widows and orphans, etc. We are not to broadcast this unto men that man may know that we do these things.
No, on the contrary Jesus tells us here in verse one that we will have no reward from our heavenly Father if we do these things that men may see and know that we do them.
Jesus goes on to say in verse two that the hypocrites sound a trumpet that all men will see that they are doing good things. He says that if we do anything to be seen of men then we are hypocrites and receive no credit from God for these acts of kindness.
Jesus goes on to say in verse three that we should not even let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. In other words do not even let yourself know that you are doing these things for a reward from God. But, rather we are to do these things because God the Father and Jesus His Son have asked that we do them. We will be rewarded of God for doing them, but that should not be our reason for doing these things.
These acts are to be done in secret even from ourselves. Meaning we do because God asked that we do, and not for any praise or acknowledging by men or by God.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Brothers, we have all heard men pray lengthy prayers in our places of worship or perhaps in other public places. Jesus tells us here that we are not to do this. He says that those who do this are hypocrites. He says that they do this to be seen of men, and that men's admiration is their only reward.
Jesus tells us in verse six that when we pray we should enter into our prayer closet and shut the door, and are to then pray in secret before God only. Jesus says that then the father will openly reward you for your prayers.
But, of course when you are called upon in a public place to say grace or to dismiss your church service then we are to do this thing, but we are to keep in short and to the point. It should not be a long and lengthy prayer.
Jesus says that the heathen pray vain repetitions thinking that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
He goes on to say that our heavenly Father knows what we need before we even ask Him.
Jesus says that this is how we should pray, and that this is what we should say;
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
This is what we should say when we pray to God the Father.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Jesus goes on to say that we must forgive men who have trespassed against us for if we do not forgive those men then God will not forgive us our trespasses.
Brothers, please walk in forgiveness of your fellow man. We are told plainly here by Jesus that this is not a request of God, but rather we are commanded to forgive if we expect forgiveness from Him.
God bless you my brothers;
HVM - C12616