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Matthew 6:1-18. Who Do We Impress?. By David Turner www. BibleStudies-Online.com. Impress Others!. The World Says: “If you’ve got it, why hide it? Go ahead and flaunt it.”. Impress Others!. The World Says: “If you’ve got it, why hide it? Go ahead and flaunt it.”

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Matthew 6 1 18

Matthew 6:1-18

Who Do We Impress?

By David Turner

www. BibleStudies-Online.com


Impress others

Impress Others!

The World Says: “If you’ve got it, why hide it? Go ahead and flaunt it.”


Impress others1

Impress Others!

The World Says: “If you’ve got it, why hide it? Go ahead and flaunt it.”

  • If you’ve got the body, show it!


Impress others2

Impress Others!

The World Says: “If you’ve got it, why hide it? Go ahead and flaunt it.”

  • If you’ve got the body, show it!

  • If you’ve got the brains, let everyone know it!


Impress others3

Impress Others!

The World Says: “If you’ve got it, why hide it? Go ahead and flaunt it.”

  • If you’ve got the body, show it!

  • If you’ve got the brains, let everyone know it!

  • If you’ve got money, spend it so everyone knows you’re loaded.


Impress others4

Impress Others!

The World Says: “If you’ve got it, why hide it? Go ahead and flaunt it.”

  • If you’ve got the body, show it!

  • If you’ve got the brains, let everyone know it!

  • If you’ve got money, spend it so everyone knows you’re loaded.

  • If you’ve got talent, tell us about it.


Christians don t do this right

Christians don’t do this? Right?

  • Does everyone have to know what and to whom we give?


Christians don t do this right1

Christians don’t do this? Right?

  • Does everyone have to know what and to whom we give?

  • Christians aren’t Spiritual smug.


Christians don t do this right2

Christians don’t do this? Right?

  • Does everyone have to know what and to whom we give?

  • Express Spiritual smugness.

    • Elaborate prayers


Christians don t do this right3

Christians don’t do this? Right?

  • Does everyone have to know what and to whom we give?

  • Express Spiritual smugness.

    • Elaborate prayers

    • Brag about how much we serve.


Christians don t do this right4

Christians don’t do this? Right?

  • Does everyone have to know what and to whom we give?

  • Express Spiritual smugness.

    • Elaborate prayers

    • Brag about how much we serve.

    • Brag about how we have built the church.


Christians don t do this right5

Christians don’t do this? Right?

  • Does everyone have to know what and to whom we give?

  • Express Spiritual smugness.

    • Elaborate prayers

    • Brag about how much we serve.

    • Brag about how we have built the church.

    • Let everyone know about how much we pray, study our Bible, how spiritual we are.


Christians don t do this right6

Christians don’t do this? Right?

  • Does everyone have to know what and to whom we give?

  • Express Spiritual smugness.

    • Elaborate prayers

    • Brag about how much we serve.

    • Brag about how we have built the church.

    • Let everyone know about how much we pray, study our Bible, how spiritual we are.

    • Do we only associate with spiritual Christians like us?


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.


Who do we impress

Give Without Applause!


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Don’t seek applause when giving!

  • Not to everyone around you.

  • Not even to the one receiving the gift.


Who do we impress

Pray Without Pride!


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.


Who do we impress

Pray upward, not outward!


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent.

  • Prayer isn’t gossip.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent.

  • Prayer isn’t gossip.

  • Prayer isn’t a means to promote an agenda.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent.

  • Prayer isn’t gossip.

  • Prayer isn’t a means to promote an agenda.

  • Private prayer is no less effective than public prayer.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent.

  • Prayer isn’t gossip.

  • Prayer isn’t a means to promote an agenda.

  • Private prayer is no less effective than public prayer.

  • The prayer of one person with a right relationship is more effective than a community with a poor relationship.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent.

  • Prayer isn’t gossip.

  • Prayer isn’t a means to promote an agenda.

  • Private prayer is no less effective than public prayer.

  • The prayer of one person with a right relationship is more effective than a community with a poor relationship.

  • Mountain Top prayer is no more effective than closet prayer.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be loud to be heard.

  • Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent.

  • Prayer isn’t gossip.

  • Prayer isn’t a means to promote an agenda.

  • Private prayer is no less effective than public prayer.

  • The prayer of one person with a right relationship is more effective than a community with a poor relationship.

  • Mountain Top prayer is no more effective than closet prayer.

  • You don’t need to broadcast all your prayers. God answers prayer, not people.


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:1–18 (ESV)

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

  • Repetition and Nagging is manipulative prayer.

  • He responds to the relationship, motivation, and responsible nature of the prayer of the one praying, not the repetitiveness.


Who do we impress

Pray with Humility!


Who do we impress

Matthew 6:9–13 (ESV)

9 Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,

12 and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Who do we impress

Fasting is Prayer.

Fast Upward, not Outward.


Who do we impress

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


Who do we impress

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.    

Andrew Murray


Who do we impress

Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts, and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him.

A. W. Pink


Who do we impress

Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude - an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.

A. W Pink


Who do we impress

“My worth to God in public is what I am in private.”

Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)


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