Posts from April 2019

Posts from April 2019

Treasures in Heaven – Matthew 6:19-21

Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21) Pastor John’s Notes: Think about the time and energy we give to earthly things, all of which will pass away. Jesus is asking us to…

The Need to Forgive Others – Matthew 6:14-15 & Jesus on Fasting – Matthew 6:16-18

Due to an unforeseen issue, yesterday’s daily reading was unsent and has been included with today’s reading. “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses. (Matthew 6:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: Whenever Jesus comments on his own teaching, we should pay careful attention. After teaching us to pray, “forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us,”…

Praying for Deliverance – Matthew 6:13

You should pray…And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13) Pastor John”s Notes: By the way, you have an enemy. The Bible tells us that the devil prowls around like a lion seeking someone to devour. The devil’s primary instrument is temptation. Even before Jesus began his ministry, he was tempted in the wilderness by the devil in every way imaginable. Temptation is an invitation to willful disobedience.  To fall into temptation…

Praying for Forgiveness – Matthew 6:12

You should pray…”And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12 Pastor John”s Notes: God is ready to offer a complete remission of sin to all who turn to him. Yet God’s expectation is that we would offer the same grace we have received. God wants to cover the world with his grace, and we are given the privilege of serving as his agents in this work. All too often we worry about our own…

Praying for Our Daily Bread – Matthew 6:11

You should pray…”Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) Pastor John”s Notes: When the disciples of Jesus heard the phrase “daily bread,” it reminded them of the story of how God provided daily bread or “manna” in the wilderness after God delivered the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. The daily supply of manna taught them to trust in God and rely upon him for all their needs. When we pray, “Give us today our daily bread,” we are expressing…

Praying for God’s Will to be Done – Matthew 6:10b

You should pray…”Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10b) Pastor John”s Notes: God has made humanity in his own image and part of this image is a free will. God has given us the ability to make choices and to bring those choices to bear on our world. Part of God’s unique character is that he delights to share his authority with his children, and so we are given authority over the earth. But…

Praying for God’s Kingdom to Come – Matthew 6:10a

You should pray…”Your kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:10a) Pastor John”s Notes: The kingdom of God is the central focus of Jesus’ life and ministry. Jesus is the Messiah, which means “God’s Anointed,” and refers to the ceremonial anointing of kings with oil. The prophets of old had foretold the coming of a new kingdom of God that would supplant the corrupt kingdoms of this world. At the time of Jesus’ birth, wise men from the East came to worship the child…

Praying for God’s Honor – Matthew 6:9

Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. (Matthew 6:9) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus not only taught his disciples how to pray but even gave them the words to pray in what we commonly refer to as “The Lord’s Prayer.” Typically, this prayer is recited in corporate worship, and while there is nothing wrong with this, Jesus’ real purpose was to offer his disciples a template for personal prayer. Each line in…

Praying in Secret – Matthew 6:5-8

Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. When you pray, don’t babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they’ll…

Giving to the Needy – Matthew 6:2-4

When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:2-4) Pastor…