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QUIET TIME

November 19, 2014

Wednesday

 

Matthew 6:6

 

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

 

LESSON

 

Jesus assumed that His disciples would “pray,” as He assumed they would give alms and fast. Again He warned against ostentatious worship. The synagogues and streets were public places where people could practice their righteousness with an audience. The motive is what matters most. Obviously, Jesus was not condemning public prayer per se. Praying out loud was common among the Jews, though one could still pray out loud in a private place. “The public versus private antithesis is a good test of one’s motives; the person who prays more in public than in private reveals that he is less interested in God’s approval than in human praiseGod is calling his people to be persistent in prayer. God is calling his people to be changed, …… to be transformed through prayer And God is calling  to those who truly enjoy and who truly yearn to spend time with Him.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:11

 

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