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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #52 on: June 08, 2021, 12:24:14 pm »
Matthew 6:5 ďWhenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: Theyíve got their reward! 6 But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.[c] 7 When you pray, donít babble like the idolaters,[d] since they imagine theyíll be heard for their many words. 8 Donít be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.

The teaching here about prayer is really at it;s heart,a teaching about being humble. There is a parable coming up that will go into more detail but letís flush out some basics.  The hypocrites stand on the street corner playing long prayers for the purpose of being seen. They are prideful and arrogant and self seeking. Communal prayers are not being prohibited here.  James 5:14-16 even calls for communal prayers to be offered up.  (Matthew 18:20; Acts 12:12)  Throughout scripture we see communal prayers being offered up and some are quite long or so it feels when reading them but they are also full of humility.  Even the Lordís prayer (Matthew 6:9-15) uses communal words. In other words, they are not being offered up for show or arrogance. In fact, length of prayer is a relative thing.  My husband was offering a heartfelt prayer one day while leading worship. Our then very young son was tired of waiting and stood on the pew and yelled at the top of his lungs, ďamenĒ.  For him, his dadís prayer was long and boring.
So if the key here is not the length of prayer but humility why are we to offer humble prayers.  Since God alone sees the heart and will judge on our words and actions, as our witness, we need to go before His throne in humility of heart and words. (James 4:10; I Samuel 2:3; Psalms 31:23; Psalms 101:5) If we do not humble ourselves, (Colossians 3:12; James 4:10) God will humble us. (Deuteronomy 8:2-3; Isaiah 5:15; Isaiah 10:33; II Corinthians 12:21)  In addition to being our witness, it is the prayer offered from a humble heart that God hears. (II Chronicles 7:14; Psalms 10:17)  Humility is also said to turn aways Godís wrath. (II Chronicles 12:12; II Chronicles 32:26) God absolutely cares whether or not we come to Him in humility.  It is in humility that God can work in us and through us and in that we will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)  In fact, God is against the proud.  He is in opposition to the proud. (James 4:6; I Peter 5:5-6)  It is the arrogant that need to be quiet for they are the ones that are not afraid to lie and slander others. (Psalms 31:18) Pride is the downfall of many. (Proverbs 16:18; Malachi 4:1)  The proud and boastful cannot stand in His presence.  Such pride and arrogance is in fact sin, the same thing that separates us from God in the first place. (Psalms 5:5; Proverbs 21:4)  In fact, arrogance is one of the sinful things that man clings to when God gives them over to their own depravity. (Romans 1:26-32)  The pampered and spoiled will become proud, (Proverbs 29:21) they will never find rest. (Habakkuk 2:5)  The overseer is not to be prideful. (Titus 1:7)  It is not enough to be humble in the eyes of others or compared to others, the example of humility we are to strive for is that of Christ Himself. (Philippians 2:8 ) We instead are to offer prayers that are humble, with few words. (Ecclesiastes 5:2; Proverbs 10:19) 
The teaching ends with our the reason is because our Father already knows what we need. (as before, when we get to the actual parable of the Pharisees praying, there is much more to glean)  Which takes us straight into the Lordís example of how to pray.  Scripture offers enough on prayer to make a whole LONG study on prayer alone.  So we are just scratching the surface here.
Matthew 6:9 ďTherefore, you should pray like this:   Our Father in heaven,  Your name be honored as holy. 
Our prayers are to include worship, praise, and thanksgiving as we come before the throne of God in fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10) that produces a humility that allows us to come boldly and with confidence into His presence. (Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16)
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Humility gives control over to God so that He can do what He wants in us and through us without us getting in the way. (Ephesians 4:30; Isaiah 63:10; I Thessalonians 5:19)
11 Give us today our daily bread.[e]
We are to ask for what we need while trusting God to provide as a young child trust his parents.  (Matthew 6:34; Luke 12:22; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:7; Matthew 6:8; Luke 12:34; Matthew 4:4;
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Scripture talks much about forgiving but maybe the one that sticks out the most here comes from our previous study, that we need to forgive even our enemy so that God can forgive us. (Matthew 5:44; Matthew 6:14-15)
13 And do not bring us into[f] temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.[g]
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.][h]
If our prayer is one of humility, it should be one that is more concerned about remaining righteous than having the comforts of the flesh. (James 4:14; Psalms 39:5; Psalms 78:39; Psalms 102:3; Psalms 144:4)
14 ďFor if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. 15 But if you donít forgive people,[j] your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing
The prayer of both Love and humility is a prayer of righteousness and all the glory belongs to God never man. 
« Last Edit: June 08, 2021, 02:23:06 pm by Lori Bolinger »


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