1 Take heed that you give not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
<b>Take care not to show deeds of right standing in God just so that others may see. To seek to be admired by others, has no reward from your Father in heaven (the anointing (which is the unction) of God is hindered, 1 John 2:20, Eph 4:29).</b>
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.
<b>(Jer 32:19) God will reward or repay each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings (Phil 1:11). </b>
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.
The anointing of God removes burdens and destroys yokes (Is 10:27). Being filled with the fruit of right standing in God, which is received in Jesus Christ, the reward comes by way of fruit or anointing of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). </b>
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.
<b>To walk outside of right standing in God, outside of Christ hinders the anointing and adds burdens and yokes in our life and the lives of others (Matt 23:4, Matt 11:30).</b>
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.
<b>When a Jewish man puts on his prayer shawl, he encloses himself in and shuts out the world. This effectively becomes his "prayer closet"</b>
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.
<b>Saying the same things over and over again, praying outside of the word or the will of God.</b>
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
<b>When you pray within the Word of God, it is His word which is in Christ (John 1:1) To pray the word of God is to pray 'in Christ' (Eph 3:17 When you pray His Word His Will, Your Father knows, He has already said it and it is done.
Jesus now outlines a prayer model. Not as a prayer to be said over and over, but as a guideline for prayer 'after this manner', or 'pray in this way'.</b>
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
<b>By the blood of Jesus I come before you Eph 1:7. I reverently honour your name, You have said 'I AM' (Ex 3:14) I declare who you are in my life today, you are nothing missing nothing broken, my peace (Is 53:5) my wholeness in every area of my life, spirit, soul and body .</b>
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
<b>The Kingdom of God has come into my life and the will of God be done (Ps 103:20).</b>
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
<b>(Mat 7:7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.</b>
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
<b>(Luke 6:37) Forgive, and you will be forgiven.</b>
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.
<b>(Ps 121:7) The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul</b>
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
<b>Remaining in unforgiveness is a hindrance to God's anointing (Heb 12:15).</b>
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
<b>It will hinder (gieve the Holy Spirit) gifts from being received by the Lord and stop prayers from being answered (Eph 4:30-31).</b>
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
<b>Placing confidence and trust (which is the treasure in us, (who are earthen vessels)) in anything other than Christ leaves ourselves open to all being stolen (John 10:10, 2 Cor 4:7). </b>
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
<b>The treasure of God is the anointing of God healing, help, wisdom, security, the power of God and every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Eph 1:3) access to this treasure is given to every born again believer who is in Christ (Gal 6:8) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2 Cor 4:6-7) The treasure of Heaven is the anointing of God. </b>
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
<b>(Luke 6:45) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.</b>
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
<b>(2 Cor 4:4) Christ is the light of the gospel (good news) when we walk in Christ we are walking in the light (John 8:12) to walk in Christ is to walk in the word of God, in God's way.</b>
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
<b>Walking outside of the word of God, Christ is the word of God (John 1:1) is to walk in darkness (Judg 2:17).</b>
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
<b>Whatever is trusted other than walking in Christ becomes the object of our confidence (mammon).</b>
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
<b>What is the focus of our lives, what is important to us, the material or the spirit, (1 Pet 1:23) the temporal which is passing away in this life, or the eternal which is everlasting? (2 Cor 4:7). </b>
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
<b>Jesus begins to address the important area of worry in a persons life. He uses this and the following pictures to introduce us to true faith. To accomplish this He first shows the futility of worry and what it takes to resist it.</b>
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
<b>His first principle is that the beginning of worry is the taking of a thought, without the thought worry cannot exist. </b>
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
<b>His second principle is that taking a thought is like taking a seed and planting it in the mind, which is similar to a lily which comes from a seed blown by the wind.
When the seed lands on soil it grows and produces fruit, the flower. Similarly when a thought floats into our mind it grows into the wrong kind of fruit, worry.</b>
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
<b>His third principle is that once the seed has grown into worry the result can be to affect our health, our relationship, our life. Just as the lily is more glorious than Solomon, the result of worry can be the opposite but of proportionate size, wreaking havoc upon our lives.</b>
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
<b>His fourth principle is that to overcome worry the seed has to be changed to the seed of faith (Heb 11:1) moving from confidence in worry, to the confidence of Christ and the power of God (2 Cor 3:4).</b>
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
<b>Jesus reiterates, firstly do not take the thought of worry, the seed, immediately combat worry with the Word of God.
The fifth principle is do not say (the scripture text is saying) or speak the seed of worry, say the seed of the Word of God.</b>
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
<b>The sixth principle is, the Gentiles (non believers in God) use the system of worry to attempt to solve the challenges of life.</b>
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
<b>Non Gentiles (believers) walk in the Kingdom of God's way of doing.
To eradicate worry, it requires seeking after something other than the very object of worry. In the Kingdom of God, God's way, there is no worry.
If we seek His way then what we seek to worry about will be removed and the Blessing, the empowerment to prosper will be added unto us by the power of the word of God ,anointed by the Holy Spirit.</b>
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
<b>If we do not take and accept the thought, the seed of worry that first comes into our mind, then the seed of worry cannot grow. To do this we must plant the seed of the Word of God which will grow into everlasting Life (1 Pet 1:23).</b>