Hey there BCU Fam!
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- A fun fact about me: I love vocabulary and word etymology (the history of a word or phrase shown by tracing its development and relationship).
- When studying the Bible, it’s important to get an understanding of the original text (Hebrew|Old Testament or Greek|New Testament).
- In doing so, we can better comprehend the meaning and see how we can apply it to our daily lives.
- “Closet” in the Greek is tameion--meaning an inner chamber or secret place where valuables are kept.
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.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
When praying in public, we should focus on God versus how we sound to others.Tweet
BCUFam, please know that Jesus was not condemning public prayer at all. Rather, He was speaking about the heart and intention of praying in public–the religious leaders were praying to be seen and admired of men, instead of being seen and rewarded by God. When we pray in private, meaning our hearts are sincere and prostrate before God, He sees that and will reward you so all can see. You have His word on it!
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