Matthew 6:5
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward.
Sermons
Hypocrite PrayersR. Tuck Matthew 6:5
Nine Things Pertain to the Knowledge of True PrayerJohn Bradford.Matthew 6:5
Private PrayerJ. Vaughan, M. A.Matthew 6:5
Secret PrayerJ. E. Good.Matthew 6:5
Sermon on the Mount: 4. Ostentatious ReligionMarcus Dods Matthew 6:1-18
As to the Duty of PrayerP.C. Barker Matthew 6:5-8
PrayerJ.A. Macdonald Matthew 6:5-8


As, in those duties of religion which take the shape of charitable action towards man, the first law of all is that they be rendered with purity of motive and with directness of aim, free from self-consciousness and free from consciousness, either morbid or calculated upon, of the gaze of others, so certainly in that duty (identical at the same time with highest privilege) which marks the intelligent personal approach of men to God, viz. their approach in prayer, is it necessary -

I. THAT IT BE PERFORMED WITHOUT ANY OSTENTATION OF SANCTITY BEFORE MEN.

II. THAT IT BE ADDRESSED TO GOD WITH UNDIVIDED HOMAGE, UNDISTRACTED THOUGHT.

III. THAT IT CONSIST OF PETITIONS OF KNOWN AND DISTINCT MEANING, NOT VAGUE, NOT REPETITIOUS, NOT MULTIPLIED FOR MUCH SPEAKING'S SAKE ONLY.

IV. THAT WE REMEMBER THAT IT IS NOT EITHER TO TELL GOD WHAT HE DOES NOT ALREADY KNOW, OR TO DICTATE OR SUGGEST TO HIM WHAT TO DO OR WHAT TO GIVE; BUT TO CONFESS TO HIM THAT WE DO KNOW AND FEEL OUR OWN NEEDS, TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE KNOW HE ONLY CAN SUPPLY THEM, AND TO SUBMIT THE TIME AND THE CHOICE OF THE WAY TO DO SO, TO HIM AND HIS ALL-SOVEREIGN WISDOM. - B.







And when thou prayest.
I. To know WHAT PRAYER IS.

II. How MANY SORTS OF PRAYER THERE BE.

III. THE NECESSITY OF PRAYER. Four things provoke us to pray.

1. God's commandment.

2. Sin in us.

3. Our weak nature.

4. Subtilty of the enemy.

IV. TO WHOM WE OUGHT TO PAY.

V. BY WHOM WE SHOULD PRAY.

VI. WHERE TO PRAY.

VII. WHAT TO PRAY.

VIII. THE EXCELLENCY OF PRAYER.

IX. WHAT WE MUST DO THAT OUR PRAYERS MAY BE HEARD.

(John Bradford.)

I. Let us notice THE IMPROPER, MANNER IN WHICH THE PHARISEES PRESENTED THEIR SUPPLICATION TO Genesis

1. They were presented in an improper place.

2. It was sinful in its object.

3. It was worthless as to its issue.

II. THE OPPOSITE METHOD WE ARE COMMANDED TO ADOPT.

1. The hallowed work in which we are to engage.

2. The place to which we are to retire.

(1)An exclusion of company;

(2)A withdrawment from secular affairs.

3. The approbation which shall be given.

III. A FEW CONSIDERATIONS TO ENGAGE YOU TO THE DISCHARGE OF THIS IMPORTANT DUTY.

1. The Divine command.

2. The example with which we are furnished in the sacred writings.

3. The necessity of secret prayer.

4. The advantages of private devotion.

5. The vital connection with our public usefulness.

(J. E. Good.)

1. It is a test of a man, what he is when alone with God.

2. Observe the personal words, so endearing.

3. It implies that you go to the closet for the purpose of prayer, you are to separate yourself from all outer things.

4. Take with you Fatherly views of God.

5. A Father likes to hear everything; He never refuses a secret.

(J. Vaughan, M. A.)

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