Updated: Feb 23
In Part 2 we looked at how we should give to poor and saw that secrecy was vital and not to look from the approval of other people.
Likewise today in Part 3 your prayers ought to be strictly between you and the Lord. You motive is crucial.
Matthew 6: 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
v5 If your intention when you pray is to be publicly noticed by man then you are a hypocrite. The praise of man is all you can expect. Pray in secret and store up treasure in heaven.
v6 Your prayer should be done in private place away from the gaze of others. This is the kind of prayer Abba Father delights to reward.
v7 God is not impressed by our babbling prayers like the unbelievers nor is he impressed by repetitive prayers because he heard you first time.
v8 Abba Father knows exactly what you need, even if sometimes you don't.
He already knows.
Secret praying is seen by God.
Public praying is seen by man.
Like our giving, our praying seems to work best when offered in private not public.
Behaving religiously in public does not impress God one bit! Amen
Your Closing Prayer