Secrets

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Our true relationship with God is something essentially private, which only God sees.

Pray:

Thank You that You are ever drawing me deeper into Your heart. Help me let everything else go and seek You alone.

Read:

Matthew 6:1-15

Reflect:

What motivates you to do the good things you do?

Today Jesus teaches us about two expressions of a righteous life: giving (6:2,3) and praying (6:5-15). With each, he emphasizes that our true relationship with God is something essentially private, which only God sees.

In verses 2 and 5 Jesus paints a hilarious portrait of "hypocrites" (people who wear a mask) performing their good deeds before an admiring public. Their reward is a reputation for generosity and piety. But to his disciples Jesus urges the utmost secrecy and promises rewards found only in heaven.

The prayer Jesus teaches (9-13) begins with God's concerns and then flows on to our own. It is a surprisingly intimate prayer, as Jesus shares with his friends his understanding of God as "Father." What is your favorite part of this prayer, and is there anything you would like to add?
After teaching his prayer, Jesus again emphasizes the importance of a forgiving life (14,15). Before we ask God to forgive us our own sins, we must already have forgiven others theirs.

Apply:

Do something in secret and ensure that you get no credit. Practice doing what you do for God.

Pray:

Lord, I want to walk with a sincere heart. Help me to do what I do for You and for You alone.

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