by Ernest Easley

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray (5 of 6)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 6.9-13
June 8, 2003

Now with our Bibles opened to Matthew 6... we are
learning on these Sunday nights about prayer! And who
better to learn from than the man of prayer and the
model for prayer: the Lord Jesus Christ.
In teaching us to pray... Jesus says 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."
Hypocrites like doing the right thing but for the
wrong reason! A hypocrite is somebody who pretends to
be something that their not.
I read some time ago about a man who was
desperate to make money. So he went 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
He said, "If we got you a special gorilla suit...
would you put it on and imitate him for a few days?
We will pay you well for it."
Well... 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 gorilla.
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.
So... 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 fired."
Sooner or later... the hypocrite... ...

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