Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 6:1-13. In this Scripture, Jesus talks about when we are giving alms, which is a donation to the poor. We shouldn’t make a big deal of it before men, but we should do it in secret. Jesus says if we do it to be seen of men, we have our reward, but if we do it privately and only God knows about it, He’ll reward us openly.
This is something we need to think about, not on at the Christmas holidays, but all the time. If we give gifts to people or help people who are in a needy situation, we don’t have to let everyone know what we did. We can do it from a heart of obedience to God and gratitude for what He has done for us. Be thankful to God that you are able to help someone else. You could be in their situation.
Jesus goes on to talk about when we pray, we shouldn’t do it as a public display, but we should pray to Him in secret and He’ll reward us openly. Jesus gives us an example of how we should pray. It is called The Lord’s Prayer. It is considered to be a model prayer. That doesn’t mean this is the only way we can pray or the only thing we can talk to God about; it is an example for us to follow.
The first thing we are to do is to acknowledge God as our heavenly Father, then ask for His kingdom to come and His will to be done in earth as it is in heaven. After that we can ask for our needs to be met, for example “give us this day our daily bread.” Next, we ask Him for forgiveness and to keep us from temptation. At the end of the prayer we acknowledge Him again. Prayer is a very important part of our Christian walk with God. It is our way of communicating with Him.
Daily Bible Reading:
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.
2 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 say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 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.
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.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 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.
Things to think about:
- When you give alms do you keep it between you and God?
- Do you make a habit of praying to God?
- When you pray do you acknowledge God as your heavenly Father?
- Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and God as your heavenly Father?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this example that Jesus gave of how we are to give our alms and how we are to pray. Help us to follow His example and remember that we should not do these things to be seen of men, but as a way to honor You. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
– This is an excerpt from “The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ”
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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ
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