Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 22

nkjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.


nkjv@Matthew:6:5 @ "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

nkjv@Matthew:6:6 @ But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

nkjv@Matthew:6:7 @ And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

nkjv@Matthew:6:8 @ "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

nkjv@Matthew:6:9 @ In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

nkjv@Matthew:6:10 @ Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

nkjv@Matthew:6:11 @ Give us this day our daily bread.

nkjv@Matthew:6:12 @ And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

nkjv@Matthew:6:13 @ And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

nkjv@Matthew:6:14 @ "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

nkjv@Matthew:6:15 @ But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:6:1-4 Giving to the Needy

We were introduced at the beginning of this sermon to some key benchmarks that God was willing to bless and how they related to a collected body of "Salt" or "Light" that God was going to influence through His Son towards an exceeding type of righteousness; the influence of which would make for something that could not be duplicated by any self manufactured attempt minus Christ. We have seen the inner workings of this by several previous vantage points. Today we go deeper into the prayer life of these highly influenced saints and the environment the place each other in.

What is God doing?

If a man was not poor of spirit he would either think that he was already meeting the mark or else that the mark did not matter. The poor of spirit has that advantage that not only does he know himself to be missing the mark and that the mark truly matters, but that his hunger and thirst for righteousness drives him deeper into a reliance upon Christ's substitutionary meeting of the mark and Christ's spiritual influence to transform and strengthen him toward the mark.

Jesus is using various aspects of the law and traditions that would be important to His Jewish audience to show how easy it is to miss the mark in each area, likely at the very time one thought that they were nailing it. HE is using extremes such as hypocrite showcasing his prayer before all to be seen by them (which not everyone consciously does), but our missing of the mark has many graduated levels and directions to it that make everyone of us culpable. If to be short in this area and that and the other then to be short in all areas and all various degrees. Jesus could just as easily make examples of our failings in the modern culture by things intended most important to us

The important thing that Jesus makes frequent mention of is of our Father seeing/knowing all things. HE knows all thing done in public and all things done in secret. HE knows their reasons/intentions and motives. There is nothing HE does not already know. As we can see, the motives behind our actions are a very important factor in HIS/His judgment.

The other thing stated by Jesus is that the Father knows what things we are in need of before we ask HIM. The implication seems to be that even though HE knows what we need that it is important to HIM that we first ask. It is later said that many believers lack because they have not asked. It can also be supposed that when we do ask that we are still grandstanding in front of others else we are asking for something that HE has deemed as a violation of HIS holy and parental character or will.

We should also take notice that HE is allowing us to call HIM Father. HE has never done that except now because of His Son and HIS Son's adopted. Until the Son man did not/could not know the Father and that only to those whom the Father has revealed the Son. There is no need of calling the God whom we did not know Father, in fact doing so would have been improper. (see filter:OT Father and index:NAMESOF_ God )

What is man doing?

They are praying to various degrees and extremes all of which are corrupted. For this example it is as "the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men". Many other examples of our corruption could be made as well such as using "vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking". It is also being identified that men could be praying from a position of unforgiveness which corrupts our prayers just as well, and to that might we also add that because of in effective prayer we continue to struggle with temptation and trespasses.

Prayer is an open communication between God and one's self. It is best prayed from a position of a poor spirit/mourning/meekness/purity/hunger and thirst for righteousness/peacemaking/willingness to even be persecuted etc...; our benchmarks from the introduction. Without such position, prayer becomes whatever the corrupted heart wants to make out of it.

What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?

So Jesus presents a model prayer for us to consider (not to robotically mimic). Remember that what Matthew has yet to mention is Jesus' insistence that He will have to die for the sins of man in order then to correct man and bring him back into a restored fellowship with the Father, of these sins He will suffer for are the sins of corrupted prayer just like the sins of murder or adultery. Many of the other world religious will attempt to understand this sermon without placing the proper meaning on what Jesus will have still to do in order to make it happen.

You can see that no where in this model prayer is there much room for prayer as it is commonly made. This prayer follows right along with the continuous sermon thread of there being an exceeding righteousness to which the followers of Christ must willingly/cheerfully be subscribed. The spiritual concepts and benefit behind it are true for both the individual and for the Church at large.

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