by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Matthew 6:5

Today, friends, we want to think about the Secret Life
of the Believer. In Matthew 6:5 we read these words of
Jesus: "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. But thou, when thou prayest, enter
into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father
which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

He is talking about the secret life of a child of God
with his Father. "Thy Father." He mentions that twice
in verse 6. He is talking about children of God, about
the Father, and about rewards. He is talking about the
matter of PRAYER. Many of God's children do not
realize that our Father is going to give us rewards
for the time we spend in prayer.

When Thou Prayest

Notice that He expects His children to pray. He
doesn't say we ought to. He doesn't say He commands us
to. He says, "When you pray."

He takes it for granted that every Christian will
appreciate God's goodness and will be particularly
thankful for the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
that we will come and talk with Him in prayer.

Not only that, but He takes it for granted that we
will recognize our need of God. We are not sufficient,
and all other men are not sufficient for us. We need
Somebody GREATER than we are, and GREATER than the
whole world of mankind, to look after us. We need
God! We need contact, fellowship, and nearness to Him.
We need to feel His presence and love. So we go to God
in prayer. We seek Him in prayer because we NEED Him,
and He answers our needs. That is what prayer is
about. It is worship, and it is the satisfaction of
our needs.

We need God. You do; I do. A lot of people try to get
along without Him, but soo ...

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