The Kingdom Unveiled #9 – Matthew 6:5-18
1) Prayer is between you and God
5 “Whenever 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. Truly I tell you, they have 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.
2) Fasting is between you and God
16 “Whenever you fast, don’t be gloomy like the hypocrites. For they make their faces unattractive so that their fasting is obvious to people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting isn’t obvious to others but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
3) Prayer benefits you
7 When you pray, don’t babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him.”
Battalogeō – To stammer, or repeat things over and over
> Prayer has more to do with your heart than your tongue.
> The point of prayer is to build communion with God.
4) Prayer benefits your community
9 “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
> The right kind of prayer has passion for:
- a) God’s name
9 “Your name be honored as holy.”
- b) God’s kingdom
10 “Your kingdom come.”
- c) God’s will
10 “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
> The right kind of prayer brings your need for:
- a) Daily provision
11 “Give us today our daily bread.”
- b) Continual forgiveness
12 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
> The forgiven should be the first to forgive.
- c) Strength to fight temptation
13 “And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Peirasmos – tempted or tested
Rhyomai – to snatch up from danger
5) Communion with God requires forgiveness
14 “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. 15 But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.”
> Judicial Forgiveness – eternal forgiveness granted at the time of salvation.
> Paternal Forgiveness – ongoing forgiveness that restores fellowship with God.
1 John 1:5-9
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.7 If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.