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1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 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: 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: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 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! 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. 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? 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? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 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? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 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.

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1 angela h = "When you give or do any charity work so that others will recognize you for it, the recognition you get from others is the only reward you will get. God will not reward you for your charity because you didn't do it with a pure motive (serving and being obedient to the Father)."
2 Deena E = ""giving and sounding a trumpet" Why is doing what is right for the sake of one's own integrity so uncommon? What is it in us--every human being--that desires recognition for doing good? When I first starting walking with Christ, humility was one thing that was a serious learning process for me. In order to get to succeed levels of humility, I had to undergo and endure some type of humiliation. It's not a fun lesson. The sooner we grasp this the better."
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6 Ben N = "Prayer is not a public performance. It is intensely personal, between you and God. Prayer should be done privately, for no other reason than that you love God and wish to be nearer to Him, and know Him more clearly. "
7 Deena E = "Hi Ben,Good post! To take it a little further, I think the dilemma that dictated Jesus' need to explain this to His hearers was this--the religious leaders (Pharisees and other sects, who would in turn be the ones to rouse His crucifixion later) would pray publicly to impress others with their "piety." "
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9 angela h = "Here Jesus is reminding us that when we pray, we are essentially having a conversation with our Father/Dad (see Romans 8:15; Abba here literally means Daddy). The only chanting we use with our earthly father/dad is "please, please, please, please...." which gets old quickly and he begins to ignore us.God is our Father and not some distant unapproachable being who desires to observe us from afar. He wants to be an intimate part of our lives. He is a good Father and full well knows how to take care of us."
10 angela h = "We are to give God His due. Remember He is holy and it is a privilege and honor to speak to Him."
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12 angela h = "Asking for Gods kingdom to come isn't necessarily asking for the Second Coming to hurry. We are asking to be in the will of God; for The Spirit to lead us. "
13 Ben N = "This refers not just to food and the necessities of survival, but also to spiritual nourishment and sustenance. Lord, please supply us with all that we need to grow in love in and understanding, and live according to your will."
14 angela h = "As we read in James 1:13, God does not tempt men. He can and will lead us far away from temptation if we will let Him. "
15 Cary W = "May we keep our eyes on the eternal truth that God is always God, always the King of all things, the power in back of all things and the Glorious One in Whom all things have their being.  Keep our eyes on Jesus and the Father, to Whom are all things!"
16 Ben N = "When we hold on to grudges and resentments, we are the ones who suffer. We are bound by our own anger, and we deny ourselves the love and the Grace of God which is freely given; the peace that passes all understanding. "
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18 angela h = "Take note here that Jesus doesn't say "If you fast", but "when ye fast". I think this is something many (not all) American Christians neglect. We are not burdened enough for the lost, sick, and afflicted to give up food for a time. When we do fast it is just as our charity work; we shouldn't go around bragging. If we do, it is a diet not a fast."
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21 Cary W = "In America we consider it normal to be consumers of so many of the worlds things, but in a very real way we are investing in nothing that will last.  It will all perish.The inner work of walking daily with God, always praying for His will and good pleasure, so that what we do in Him becomes everlasting treasures that no person or thing can take or tarnish."
22 Ben N = "Our lives are shaped by our deepest desires. If we cherish wealth and worldly things, then we will spend our entire lives chasing pleasure, fortune and fame, and have nothing to show for it when our days are at an end. But if we cherish God, and want above all else to live in His Presence, in His Grace, and in His kingdom, then we will live our lives accordingly."
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25 angela h = "The eye here represents what the Bible usually refers to as the heart (thoughts, emotions, intentions). So if our thoughts, emotions, intentions, are single (fixed on God/pure) then our bodies and lives will be full of light (the joy of the Lord).On the other hand if our thoughts, emotions, and intentions are fixed on worldly things then we will not be happy.So if we are fixed on wealth and worldly things we will be miserable. When do we ever get enough? It will consume us!However, if we are fixed on the Lord, we will have the "peace that passes understanding".  See Philippians 4:7."
26 Cary W = "The eye spoken of here is primarily our inner thought and perception, and if there be any unkind, unholy or unwholesome thing before our sight, we too become polluted.  A single eye happens when we are clear, single in purpose and intent of love, and yes, then our whole being and life is filled with the light, love and glory of God!"
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30 Ben N = "Here, Jesus counsels us not to live in worry and fear, but to have faith in the certainty of God's love, and His unfailing provision. We are not to spend our days anxious about tomorrow. Our only concern should be to "seek the kingdom," and trust in God to guide our path and provide us with all we need. "
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33 Cary W = "Once our eyes are opened to just how lovely our bodies and all of nature is, without all the extra things we do to prune, clothe, fertilize, we become more relaxed and appreciative of all the glory of God, right here and now, in our current environment.In His kingdom, we are only asked to shine, grow, play and give Him glory.  No toil.  No fabricating.  Just enjoying each other and the king in His glorious kingdom on Earth."
34 Deena E = ""Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." The word kingdom doesn't represent a physical kingdom, but in its original Greek form means authority, kingship, rule or dominion. Righteousness refers to the actual condition one is in in God's eyes. In other words right-standing or good standing. Jesus was saying that if one seeks to be in good standing with God and His authority to rule over that person's life first then all of their personal needs (food, clothes, etc.) shall be added to them."