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February 23, 2018, 9:21 AM

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Feb 23, 2018

Matthew 6:5-8 (KJV)
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.

This part of the sermon on the mount is my favorite. First He assumes that we pray. “..when thou prayest (vs 5).” E.M. Bounds said , “prayer is the very breath of the Christian” as we breath, we pray. Prayer is offered to God at any time, any place day or night. He knows that some will use prayer as an opportunity to seem more “spiritual” than others. And being seen they have their reward. We should pray in secret. Secret praying is not praying in hiding, but with the understanding that we are communicating to God in humility. We come not to be seen but rather to enter in to His presence. There He rewards us.

Ravenhill said that, “ to be much for God we must be much with God”. We can enter the day on our own power or open the day with Christ. Long prayers are not the only way, sometimes the simple cry for help is the most effective prayer we can make. I was at men’s prayer meeting Saturday night before revival services started. You know the kind ten minutes of prayer and then donuts and coffee. On most of our minds was the donuts. But a new member of the church came prepared to pray. He knelt, pulled his handkerchief from his pocket and gently put it before his face on the alter. He patiently waited his turn and he began to pray, “Lord, give us souls”. He started softly but with more fire and power he prayed, “..Lord, give us souls”. He wept for souls to be saved, that fire from God might fill each man there. He would wipe tears from his eyes and sweat from his brow as he grabbed hold of heaven and brought it down to that place. I never heard such passion. The meeting changed as each man began pouring their heart out to God. One hour turned to two hours as the men of our church began to fill the power of revival. What a day!

Our prayer does not need to be eloquent, but  honest. Do not fear to ask God for your needs and even your wants. He answers prayer. We don’t always get what we want, but always what we need. And He knows, “what things ye have need of, before you ask Him (5:8). We are blessed.

 

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