"Also when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streetsm that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already" Matthew 6:5 (AMP)
Before the Christmas break, we were rolling along on the freeway of what constitutes the Secret Place and what we do there. To return to this, I place the words of Christ above. The reason? He is the final authority!
Verse 5: "when (not IF) you pray" Christ says, don't be like the pagans, frauds and hypocrites. We have all been around many of the same - in prayer meetings, street corners etc. Some can even voice the most fluent and eloquent words you ever heard. But their words get no higher than the ceiling.
Why? Real prayer is a heart to Heart communication. One Heart is constant - it belongs to God. The other has to be made right (justified) through a rejuvenation that starts and ends at the Cross - nothing else. Should this rebirth from eternal death to life take place, the man or woman receives a ONE TIME deposit of Holy Spirit who then lines up with ours. Subsequently, our bodies become the Temple, home, residence, abode of the Spirit of Christ.
In order to have any sort of Christian life whatsoever, we are meant to pray...and pray to the One True God of the Bible. What Christ meant ("they have their reward in full already") can be applied to what is becoming more and more prevalent these days - "InterFaith" prayer meetings...some even held for top politicians across America. We have all been to them and listened in disgust as spokesmen for everything except witchcraft are called on to "pray" on behalf of their "faith".
Christ is correct - they DO have their rewards in full. These rewards are the praise and accolades of other men who are as lost to perdition as they are!
NEXT TIME: VERSE 6