Mathew 6:1-13 6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you needbefore you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
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 lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
These verses are just a short passage from the sermon on the mount, the best sermon ever taught. In this passage, Jesus is revealing to us how rewarding it is to live for the presence and pleasure of God instead of the praises of man. I love how God is never calling us to do anything that He hasn’t done himself. Jesus taught, healed and prayed in front of so many people, yet you see Him constantly prioritizing getting alone with his father over and over. Our secret life with God is like the root system of our life ... Our roots are how we intake nutrients allowing us to grow and stand tall and firm, yet they are underground and unseen by most. I believe that God is calling us as a body to grow our unseen life with Him, especially in the place of prayer, because He wants to be with us and reward us openly! He wants to fill our branches with fruit, but the only way to bear fruit is to abide in him. In this season of prayer we will be having plenty of context for corporate prayer together, which is incredibly important, but in the midst of this season of praying together let’s remember to get in our rooms.. alone.. and “pray to our Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
Activation: Make time today to be alone with God. Unpack your heart and prayers, and ask Him what’s on His heart.
Devotional by Ian Thornton