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We Shall Not Pray to Be Seen by Others. A Commentary on Matthew 6:5

And when you pray, you shall 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. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.

– Matthew 6:5

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

From the Lord Jesus’ words, we can understand one principle of prayer, that is, we need to pray before God rather than purposely let people hear. The Pharisees in the Bible the Lord mentioned prayed exactly like that. They made prayers standing in the corners of the streets and showed to people outwardly that they were devout and loved the Lord. However, God observes the depths of man’s hearts and He sees clearly their intentions and aims. They deceived God in this way and such actions just showed their hypocrisy. And this example can also serve as God’s admonition to us. Thanks be to God!

 

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