Our prayer motivator verse for today is Matthew 6:5, which reads: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be 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. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary:
In prayer we have more immediately to do with God than in giving alms, and therefore are yet more concerned to be sincere, which is what we are here directed to. When thou prayest (v. 5). It is taken for granted that all the disciples of Christ pray. As soon as ever Paul was converted, behold he prayeth. You may as soon find a living man that does not breathe, as a living Christian that does not pray. For this shall every one that is godly pray. If prayerless, then graceless. "Now, when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, nor do as they do,’’ v. 2. Note, Those who would not do as the hypocrites do in their ways and actions must not be as the hypocrites are in their frame and temper. He names nobody, but it appears by ch. 23:13 , that by the hypocrites here he means especially the scribes and Pharisees.Now there were two great faults they were guilty of in prayer, against each of which we are here cautioned—vain-glory (v. 5, v. 6); and vain repetitions, v. 7, v. 8.I. We must not be proud and vain-glorious in prayer, nor aim at the praise of men.
We will discuss this verse further in the next broadcast.
Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: "The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death. The church upon its knees would bring heaven upon the earth."
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