Matthew 6:1-34

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Teaches About Giving To The Needy

Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV) 1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I (Jesus) say unto you, They have their reward.  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.

Jesus Teaches About Prayer

Matthew 6:5-15 (KJV) 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 thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.   10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  11 Give us this day our daily bread.  12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus Teaches About Fasting

Matthew 6:16-18 KJV 16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Jesus Teaches About Money

Matthew 6:19-24 KJV  19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!  24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Jesus Teaches About Worry

Matthew 6:25-34 KJV 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?  28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

1. What is the result of doing good just so others will see us (Matthew 6:1)? There will be no reward from God.

2. How should we pray (Matthew 6:6a)? Enter our closet, shut the door and pray to God our Father in secret.

3. What will be the result of praying in this way (Matthew 6:6b)? God will see us praying in secret and will reward us openly.

4. How shouldn’t we pray (Matthew 6:7a)?  with vain repetition, with many words.

5. Who already knows what we need (Matthew 6:7b)? our Father God.

6. When God sees us doing what pleases Him in secret what does He do openly (Matthew 6:4, 6, 18)? God rewards us openly.

7. Where should we lay up our treasures (Matthew 6:20a)? in heaven.

8. Why should we store our treasures there (Matthew 6:20b)? For then our treasures will not be damaged or stolen.

9. What is with our treasures (Matthew 6:21)? Our heart.

10. Why shouldn’t we worry (Matthew 6:26, 32)? Because God will take care of us.  He knows what we need.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) “After this manner therefore pray: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.   10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.  11 Give us this day our daily bread.  12 And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

As you pray the prayer above ponder each segment. Do you see God in heaven as your Father? What does it mean to hallow God’s name?  How can God’s heavenly kingdom come to earth? How has God provided your daily sustenance? Are there people you need to forgive?  Do you need to ask for God’s forgiveness?  Are you seeking to follow His plan for your life? Are there sins you need God’s help in turning away from? What does it mean God is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever? AMEN.

MEMORIZE the WORD

If you haven’t already, memorize Matthew 6:9-13 and use it as a pattern for your personal prayers.

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

Matthew 6:9-13 is often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer.  When you pray you should use your own words but perhaps use this prayer as a pattern.  Perhaps as you pray each segment of the Lord’s prayer you could expand on it by praying your own words.   

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

“Our Father who art in heaven hallow be Thy name” – our heavenly Father is not only majestic and holy, but He is also personal and loving. At this point we can praise God for who He is.  He’s our Father, but also our Creator, our Savior, our Protector and much more. 

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – God’s kingdom is spiritual. God’s kingdom reigns in the heart of believers.  We can thank God for indwelling our heart. When we ask for God’s will to be done we’re praying for His perfect purpose to be accomplished in this world as well as in the next.

“Give us this day our daily bread” – God is our true provider.  We may work and earn money to purchase what we need, but God gave us that ability to do so.

“And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”  – Before we can be forgiven by God we need to forgive those we believe have sinned against us.

“And lead us not in to temptation but deliver us from evil” – God allows certain situations to come into our life.  But when we put our trust in Him, He will be with us and guide us through every situation we encounter.

“For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever AMEN.” – God’s kingdom, power and glory has no end.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You being our Father. You dwell in heaven and can be found here on earth. Your name is glorious, majestic and holy (Matthew 6:9). I pray Your kingdom will come to our earth through Your will being done here as it is done in heaven (Matthew 6:10).  Lord, I ask for You to fill us not only with physical food but Your spiritual food – Your Word (Matthew 6:11).  Lord, I pray we will never hold a grudge, but if we do, I pray will forgive those involved and repent quickly.  For then our sins will be forgiven by You (Matthew 6:12). Lord, I pray we will keep our eyes on You and Your plan so we’ll not be drawn to evil (Matthew 6:13a). Lord, I pray indeed we will experience Your kingdom, Your power and Your glory forever (Matthew 6:13b).  In Your Son, Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I experience God’s kingdom, God’s power and God’s glory forever.” <>< Dona