MATTHEW 6:6_But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet…
There are times when it is appropriate to talk with your loved one publicly. Those conversations are not from the depth of the heart.
Private conversations build love. The more private the conversation, the stronger the love. The more private the conversation, the better you get to know each other. The more trust builds. Falling in love with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit follows the same path.
For true love to develop between people you need to be of the appropriate age. You also need to be in the appropriate circumstances in life. It requires a man and a woman – not a boy and a girl.
For true love to develop with the Savior the younger you get to know Him, the better. I Timothy 4:12 (KJV), “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Make a covenant with God in your youth. Ezekiel 16:60 (KJV), “Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.”
God remembers the covenants of your youth.
King of Kings, I praise You that I am not too young to make a covenant of love with You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ loves children and youth—He loves me!
MATTHEW 6:6_But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet…
Closet in this verse is a private room, or secret chamber. That’s a long way from a street corner.
When you fall in love, you long to be with the one you love. You want to talk – a lot! You want to make everything in your heart known, and you want to know everything in your loved one’s heart. You want to share hopes and dreams. The only way to know those dreams is to talk with your loved one.
During times of intimate communication you want to be alone with the one you love. The deepest part of your soul is meant to be revealed to only one person – the one who has captured your heart. It is not for public view, unless you are only using the other person to help you love yourself.
If you use the other person to make you look good, it may be to your advantage to have those conversations in public. Who you are seen talking with might raise your social status.
Using people to make you look good never equals love. Giving of your time serving, honoring, praising, and encouraging someone equals love.
Lord of Lords, Thank You I can talk with You about my deepest needs, wants, and desires. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ desires I talk with Him—I will express my heart!
MATTHEW 6:5_Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward.
Jesus says if you live life the world’s way, you will have the world’s rewards.
The prayers of the hypocrites do not go unrewarded. Perhaps they get the best seats in the synagogues. Perhaps they receive high positions of administration. Whatever their rewards, a very sad fact remains – the prayers of a self-glorifying hypocrite can never help the seeker find the Savior.
The hypocrite loses God’s reward. Nothing in life is worth that—no praise—no financial gain—no high position—no fame. The praise, money, position, fame, could be a way God chooses to reward you openly. They also could be how the world rewards you.
Jesus makes clear what the problem is with the hypocrites’ public prayers – to be seen of men. That changes everything. These are not prayers of communication between the potter and the clay. These are prayers of self-glory. They communicate, “What a good and pious person I am, everyone should be like me.”
Read this one more time – the world rewards with bondage, God rewards with freedom.
Holy Jesus, Teach me how to pray in private and in public. Teach me to know the difference. Place in my heart the desire to receive Your rewards, not the world’s. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s rewards give freedom—I want that!
MATTHEW 6:5_And when thou prayest…
Prayer is a necessity in the Christian life. Don’t try to live even one day without it. I Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV), “Pray without ceasing.”
No one wants to go a full day without speaking to someone they love. If you don’t love Jesus, talk to Him anyway – you may soon find Him to be your friend. It takes time to truly love. There is such a thing as love at first sight, but if that’s all there ever is and love goes no further than sight – that won’t get it done. You have to know the person who has caused your heart to skip beats. Time must be spent in communication.
Prayer is communication. There is nothing in your heart you cannot tell Jesus. The fact that He already knows what’s there does not stop Him from wanting to hear your voice. Jesus desires your deep, intimate, communication – just as any two people who are in love.
Get to know the book of Psalms. They may be written for songs, but they make for some kind of awesome prayers! No matter your situation, there is a Psalm to express your heart. Pray a Psalm in first person.
If it is a prayer of brokenness, it’s okay to weep. If it is a prayer of joy, then sing praise.
Simply let your heart express itself.
Lord of All, Thank You that You hear my heart, and my feeble words. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ prayed—He will teach me!
MATTHEW 6:11_Give us…
To give is to freely let go. There is no holding back when you give. If you have something that meets the need of someone else, will you give it?
There is no charge involved in giving. Giving supplies needs, fills an empty place. Giving comes from one who has the supply. Would you ask for supply from someone you knew did not have it?
God worked many miracles in the process of freeing the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. Psalm 81:10 (KJV), “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” God says don’t be afraid to open your mouth and ask for your needs. He calls you to remember His miracles of the past.
Psalm 143 (KJV) is one of those Psalms to pray, especially when going through a time of trial. Verse 5 says, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands.”
God wants to give.
God has a full supply – to give.
If he can, the devil will intimidate you into feeling it is selfish to ask God for your needs.
Go back to Psalm 81:10!
Giving God, Thank You that You want me to ask for my needs. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ teaches me to ask in prayer—I will!