Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our series on the prayers of Jesus with a discussion of  Matthew 6:5-9.

“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 men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.”

1) How does the hypocrite pray?

Bonnie said that the hypocrite prays to impress others.

Chris added that they want to impress be seen as holy. The audience they are trying to impress is men not God.

Jim said that we must resist the temptation to be a performer.

Eric advised that the important thing  is the attitude of the heart. We must pray to please God

2) How does Jesus say we should pray?

“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.”

Someone asked ‘where is our closet?’ Where do we meet the Holy Spirit?

We agreed that this place can be public or private. It can be a prayer closet at home or a familiar pew at church. Our ‘closet’ is where we can focus on God and experience His transforming presence.

God wants us to pray as if He is the only one listening.

3) How would our prayer life change if we applied this text to our prayer lives?

Janet said we should pray expecting God’s answer.

Grady added that the answer we receive is not always the one we expect but it is the answer that is best.

How do we know we can trust God to do the right thing? Because we have seen His heart. We know what it cost Him to have relationship with us. If He would pay that price then there is no chance that He will not do what is best for us.

Next week Matthew 6:9,10. Consider the following questions:

1) Why does Jesus begin His prayer the way He does?

2) What does it mean to have God’s kingdom come?

See you Wednesday.

John

 

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