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Payola Piety: Prayer. Matthew 6:5-8. Theme:. Matthew 6:1 Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. . Praying to be seen:. MANY PRAYERS

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Payola piety prayer

Payola Piety: Prayer

Matthew 6:5-8


Theme
Theme:

  • Matthew 6:1

  • Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.


Praying to be seen
Praying to be seen:

  • MANY PRAYERS

  • Matthew 6:5 - When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand & pray in the synagogues & on the street corners so that they may be seen by men.


Praying to be seen1
Praying to be seen:

  • MEANINGLESS REPETITIONS

  • Matthew 6:7 - And when you are pray-ing, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.


Praying to please man
Praying to Please Man:

  • The desire to be known as an excellent prayer leader or pray-er.

  • The desire to be known as a person of prayer.

  • The desire to inspire an audience to action.

  • The desire to overemphasize the formalities of prayer.


Praying to please god
Praying to Please God:

  • Matthew 6:6, 8 - But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door & pray to your Father who is in secret, & your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you… 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.


Praying to please god matt 6 6 8
Praying to Please God: Matt 6:6, 8

  • This does not prohibit public prayers.

    • Acts 16:25; 12:5; 27:34-36

  • Shut everyone, except God, out.

    • Matt 14:23

  • Realize the nature of the ONE you are addressing.

    • Gen 16:13; 17:1; Psa 90:2


Our heavenly father
Our Heavenly Father

  • He cares (1 Pet 5:7)

  •  He knows (Matt 10:30)

  • He anticipates (Matt 6:8)

  • He does more (Eph 3:20)

  • We must ask, seek, knock (Matt 7:7)

  • We must pray w/out ceasing (1 Th5:17)

  • We must pray & never doubt(Jas 1:5-7)


Your father who sees in secret

“Your Father who sees in secret

will reward you openly”