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10 Prayer Principles of the Lord Jesus Christ (Part 2)

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Praying Through the Bible #117

TEXT: Matthew 6:5-8
  
The great Bible teacher J. Vernon McGee said, "Prayer is the greatest neglected resource that we have; it's a power that we simply are not using today." Part of the reason why we are not using prayer as we should is because some of us are going about the business of prayer the wrong way. Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to pray. 
 
In our last message, as we look at these prayer principles of the Lord Jesus Christ, we looked at one of the right ways to pray, and that is that prayer should be a regular, everyday activity. In other words, the disciples of Christ are expected to pray. Prayer is not optional for the Christian, nor does prayer depend on the circumstances of time or feelings. Frankly, if we are always waiting for the perfect time to pray or waiting until we feel like praying, we will probably never pray. So, the first principle that we learn from Jesus Christ is that we ought to pray regularly, every day. 
 
Today, we are going to look at one of the wrong ways to pray that is rebuked by Jesus Christ, and that is: we are not to pray to be seen. Jesus says, "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." The Greek word used for hypocrite is defined as "an actor or a stage player." In the Hellenistic culture of Jesus' day, when actors put on a play, they would wear masks. These masks were designed to show the audience the face of the person being portrayed as well as their emotions.
 
Therefore, a hypocrite is one who wears a mask in order to have some kind of effect on others...

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