by Ernest Easley

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"Lord, Teach Us To Pray"
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 26, 1999
Matthew 6. 9-13

Now please join me in Matthew chapter 6. For several weeks,
we've been learning to pray! And who better to learn from than the man
of prayer, the model for prayer: the Lord Jesus Christ!

In teaching us to pray, Jesus tells us in Matthew 6.5, "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."

You see, hypocrites like doing the right thing for the wrong reason!
A hypocrite is somebody who pretends to be something that they're not!

I read this week about a man who was desperate to make some
money. So he went down to the city zoo hoping to get a job feeding the
animals. When he got there, he discovered that all those jobs were filled.
But the manager told him that their gorilla had just died and that he was
one of the more popular exhibits. He said, "If we got you a special gorilla
suit, would you put it on and imitate him for a few days? We'll pay you
well for it."

The man was so desperate that he agreed. So, he put the gorilla
suit on and would beat his chest and shake the bars of the cage. Huge
crowds would gather outside the cage watching what they thought was a

One day while swinging on his trapeze, he lost his grip and landed
right in the middle of the lion's den. The huge lion gave a ferocious roar.
The man in the gorilla suit realized he couldn't cry for help without
revealing that he was a fake. He slowly walked backwards away from the
lion, hoping to climb back into his cage. The lion, with a very hungry look
on his face, followed him.

Finally in desperation the gorilla cried out, "Help, Help!"
Immediately the lion whispered, "Be quite stupid, or you'll get us both

Sooner or later, the hypocrite, the one who pretends t ...

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