“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.  And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

The words of the Lord Jesus

Matthew chapter 6 verses 1-4

The Sermon on the Mount

In this series I’m outlining pure foundational truths about the Kingdom of Heaven, a spiritual kingdom.

The teachings of Jesus as found in the Sermon on the Mount, in the synoptic gospel of Matthew chapters 5 to 7, are part of the True Christian Gospel.

These amazing teachings of Jesus, recorded in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, are the anti-thesis of the Prosperity Gospel of American Prosperity Gospel so-called pastors and tele-evangelists such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Paula White, and Australians Brian Houston of Hillsong, Phil Pringle of C3 Church, and many other so-called Pentecostal churches throughout the world- who are not really Pentecostal churches at all but Mammon (Money) and Property-Seeking churches.

They have had their reward in full on this earth.

Lesson 18 from the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is recorded in the gospel of Matthew chapters 5 to 7.

I’ve been to the gently sloping hill above Capernaum, near the shores of Lake Galilee in Northern Israel, where the Lord Jesus taught his disciples and the gathered large crowds and gave lessons about the true nature of the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 6 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Good to Please God

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

The Model Prayer

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. ] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On 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 do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[c]

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lamp of the Body

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

You Cannot Serve God and Riches

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew chapter 6 verses 1-4

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. ] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

The words of the Lord Jesus

Humility

Humility is a prime attribute of true Christian character. This is the opposite of the Prosperity Gospel so-called pastors like Brian Houston of Hillsong and Phil Pringle of C3 Church, and their associated churches, who lead by far the largest Pentecostal churches in Australia and New Zealand.

Brian Houston of Hillsong and Phil Pringle of C3 Church, who I know and I have spent time in both their churches, have gone completely off the rails with their pride of life, greed for money, full-blown narcissism and arrogance.

The spirituality of the Prosperity Gospel pastors is one of outward appearance.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Real business with Almighty God is done in private, between God and an individual Christian.

Jesus would go into a desert or to a hill or mountain to talk and commune with His Father. He did this as an example to Christians like us who follow in His footsteps through the ages.

Jesus was also reliant on the Holy Spirit for power. So He would go to pray in these ‘secret places’ to renew Himself.

There is a great blessing in seeking out and spending time in ‘a secret place with God’.

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

It is not by multiplicity of words or ‘vain repetitions’ that God is moved by mankind.

This is a direct instruction against Roman Catholic practices such as using rosary beads and Gregorian chants.

However beautiful Gregorian chants are, they are spoken against in the above passage of scripture by Jesus.