Matthew 6: Bible Study Guide

40-BSG-6A: WORSHIP GUIDE.

Matthew 6: Worship Guide/ 40-BSG-6A, (Matthew 6:)/ Theme: In this manner, therefore, Pray/ Hymn: Near to the Heart of God (SDAH 495).

Exploration: Jesus’ Teachings (by Precept or Example) → Prayer — Read (Mt 5:44; 6:5–8, 9-15; 7:7–11; 9:37–38; 21:21–22; 26:41; Mk 9:28–29; 11:24; Lk 6:28; 11:1–10, 11–12; 18:1–8; 21:36; 22:21–32; 22:39–40; 22:45–46; Jn 15:4, 7; 16:23)                                                                                                  

Reflection: In this chapter, Matthew draws our attention to Jesus’ teaching the right way on Giving (charitable deeds), Prayer (general rule), Prayer (The Lord’s Prayer), Fasting, Money, and Trusting God.

Devotional Implication: There are many themes here, but for the purpose of our ‘Worship Hour’ this morning, let us focus our attention on the subject of Prayer. Prayer moves the Heart of God! God desires that we pray always: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NKJV) God is willing to grant our prayers:  “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24, NKJV) God hears and grants prayer as He sees fit. God knows better how and when to grant prayers than petitioner do. Sometimes, He may delay an answer to test the petitioner’s faith; Sometimes, He may grant the petition immediately. God will respond if the petitioner finds time to pray; if he/she has faith, and belief that God is able! God will remove infirmities in prayer, He will send blessings and healing, protection and revelation, etc. In His omniscience, God may delay in granting a request for the unforeseen danger/ benefit, on the part of the petitioner. Nevertheless, He hears and every word spoken in a prayer is carefully recorded in the Books of Heaven. He is working on those request in a way that we can never know!

Let me just add something here: God, the Father is praying for us – He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9). God, the Holy Spirit is praying for us – He knows our needs and at the right time, “intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words” (Rom 8:26). The Lord, Jesus Christ is praying for us — “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:32, NKJV)

Beloved, Jesus is the Mediator between God and men (1 Tim 2:5). In other words, He is the connection, the link (the Wi-Fi hotspot, so to speak) between a sinner and a Holy Father; between Heaven and Earth. No wonder, we are taught to pray “in Jesus’ name.” Jesus Christ is like “a Friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Pr. 18:24). He will never slumber nor sleep; He is the Guardian-God for His people (Ps. 121:4). He hears our prayers always! In this chapter, He taught us, like the Disciples of old, how to pray. The only question is this: How many of us use this privilege to talk to God? We are admonished — “The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:5–6, NKJV) How many of us have actually done so?

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, one of the most precious gift that nobody can take away from you is Prayer. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (Psa. 50:15). When you sincerely cry out to Me in prayer, I will listen and answer you according to My will. Humble yourself and come to Me with a tribute of Thanksgiving; Adoration; make known to Me all your needs (Supplication); Confess (and Repent) your sins today, then you will be able to claim My mercy in accordance with My promises. Remember, I desire to hear from you always: “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12, NKJV). Thus, I am inviting you on this day, to draw near….. “Come boldly to the Throne of grace, that you may obtain Mercy and find Grace to help you in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16). Would you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to confess and repent my sins. I want to study more the prayer life of Jesus. I want to thank God for answering my prayers. I just want to say, LORD save me! Help me to call upon Your Name always; Help me to be like Jesus! LORD, “Teach me how to Pray,” Amen.

Have A Blessed Day: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14–15, NKJV)

Worship Through Singing: Near to the Heart of God (SDAH 495).

[1] There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God; A place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.

[Refrain] – “O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God; Hold us who wait before Thee, near to the heart of God.”

[2] There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God; A place where we our Savior meet, near to the heart of God.

[3] There is place a place of full release, near to the heart of God; A place where all is joy and peace, near to the heart of God.

The End: Scroll down to Section (40-BSG-6B) for a ‘Prayer Guide.’ May the Lord Bless You!

40-BSG-6B: PRAYER GUIDE.

Matthew 6: Prayer Guide/ 40-BSG-6B, (Matthew 6:)/ Theme: LORD, Teach us to Pray/ Hymn: Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary (SDAH 476)

Key Text: “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.” (Matthew 6:6, NKJV)

Opening Remarks: The disciples asked- “Teach us how to pray,” not teach us how to Preach, or Heal, or Sing! Not that those things are wrong, but what we really need first and foremost is communing with God through Prayer. The Scriptures admonish us to “Pray without Ceasing.” This does not mean that we are to spend all of our time on our knees in formal prayer. It does mean that we must live and serve our Lord in the atmosphere of prayer. Prayer is the channel of communication between our souls and God. God speaks to us through His Word; we respond to Him through our prayers, and He always listens to us. We cannot weary or burden Him by our frequent heart to heart communications.

Beloved, we live in end times. The world is full of problems – and it will get worse! Our only hope is Jesus! These are serious times: the world in turmoil: endless wars, financial instability, pandemic (Covid 19), hatred, killing, persecutions, etc. It is as if the prophecy of Daniel 12 has come alive: “And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time” (Dan 12:1). This chapter, calls for every believer to earnest seek the LORD in prayer.  We must learn the power of prayer. We must plead with the LORD, like the disciples of old, saying, “LORD, Teach Us To Pray.”

Values to Build On: Giving (alms, charitable deeds); Prayer (private/ public/ corporate); Worship; Fasting; Money (Lay up your treasures in Heaven); Choosing God (You cannot serve God and material things, Mt 6:24); Trusting God (seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, Mt 6:33).

Sins to Avoid/ Confess: Hypocrisy; Prayer/ worship/ giving motivated by praise; Lust for material things while serving God; Constantly worrying about tomorrow: failure to live ‘one day at a time,” trusting God (Mt 6:34); Failure to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Something to Thank God For: Opportunity to give to God generously and unselfishly; Opportunity to commune with God through Prayer -(addressing God directly); Opportunity to give to the poor/ the needy; God’s surpassing knowledge (He knows our needs even before we ask, Isa. 65:24); God provides our daily bread; God forgives us our debts –(sin, trespasses, iniquity); God is able to deliver us from the evil one; God is coming soon with great power and glory to take us into His Kingdom! (Mt 6:13; 24:30, 31)

People to Pray For: 1. Hypocrites (Scribes, Pharisees, Teachers of the law) to be converted/ 2. All Believers (as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven) to have the right attitudes when comes to prayer and giving/ 3. All Believers to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, (Mt 6:33).

Issues to Pray For: 1. The Lord’s Prayer (God’s kingdom; God’s will; daily Bread; Forgiveness; Deliverance)/ 2. Victory over Temptation — (testing or enticement to do wrong)/ 3. Stealing — (wrongfully taking the property of another; theft)/ 4. Hypocrisy — (behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe)/ 5. Resistance to Satan and evil.

Today’s Promise: “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John 3:22, NKJV) “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14, NKJV) “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24, NKJV)

Note: Scroll down to Section (40-BSG-6Z) for a ‘Closing Prayer.’ May the Lord Bless You!

40-BSG-6C: INTRODUCTION.

The Book of Matthew 6/ Introduction/ 40-BSG-6C, (Matthew 6:1-34)

“Matthew 6:1–18 turns to the theme of true versus hypocritical piety. In three closely parallel examples, Jesus treated the practices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. In each case the motive for correct religious behavior must be to please God rather than fellow humans. In the middle of the second of these topics, on prayer, Jesus gave the classic disciples’ prayer, which has come to be known as the Our Father or the Lord’s Prayer. In it He models all the elements of proper prayer in an appropriate sequence. He presented elements such as praise and adoration, leaving room for God’s sovereign will to override ours; appeal for kingdom priorities to be manifest on the earth; personal petition and pleas for forgiveness contingent on our practice of forgiving others; and prayer for strength to avoid the tempter and his snares.

Matthew 6:19–34 is united by the themes of wealth and worry. Here Jesus contrasted transient, earthly riches with permanent, heavenly riches. If our priorities correctly reside with the latter, God through His people will take care of the former. The implementation of 6:33 presupposes Christian communities who look after the needy in their own midst as well as throughout the world. Matthew 6:22–24 catches us up short with its bold suggestion that money may be the single biggest competitor with God for ultimate allegiance in our lives, particularly for those who are not in the poorest classes of society. Affluent individuals who call themselves Christians need to read verse 24 again and again and ask themselves who they really are serving.” – [Craig L. Blomberg, Holman concise Bible commentary, 1998, 408].

40-BSG-6D: TODAY’S CHAPTER

Matthew 6: Bible Reading Plan/ The Book of Matthew 6/ Theme: The Sermon on the Mount, Part 2: Attitudes of Kingdom Citizens and Incentives to Right Living (6:1-34).

Matthew 6 (NKJV) — 1 “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. 2 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. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. 5 “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. 6 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. 7 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. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 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. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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. 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.

40-BSG-6J: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

Bible Study Guide/ Matthew 6, (40-BSG-6J)/ Questions and Answers.

HYPOCRITICAL GIVING: ACTS OF KINDNESS.

[1] What motive should not enter into right-doing? (6:1) Praise seeking: doing things publicly, to be seen by men!

[2] What shows that our Father regards the motive even more than the deed? (6:1) When we do righteous deeds motivated by the attention and applause of men, we will have no Heavenly rewards (prepared and awaiting us) from our Father who is in heaven.

[3] How do hypocrites do alms, charitable deeds, or acts of kindness? (6:2) They blow a trumpet to advertise what they do; They go in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored and recognized and praised by men.

[4] What kind of reward will is promised to such giving? (6:2) Earthly reward only.

  • Have their Reward – “The Greek brings out the idea that they received payment of their wages in full. The word here translated “have” occurs frequently on receipts in ancient Greek papyri with the meaning, “paid in full” or “received payment of.” The hypocrites, Jesus says, have received all the payment they will ever get. They practiced charity strictly as a business transaction by means of which they hoped to purchase public admiration; the relief of distress was no concern of theirs. The reward they desired is the one they will receive, but that is all.”– (SDA BC 5:344).

[5] By what figure is the true way of doing right illustrated? (6:3) Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

[6] What is the contrast between this way and the hypocritical way? (6:4a) All charitable deeds/ transactions to be done/ given in complete secrecy!

[7] Who is always sure to notice such deeds? And what will He do? (6:4b) And your Father who sees (what is done) in secret will reward you.

HYPOCRITICAL PRAYER

[8] How did the hypocrites pray in the days of Jesus? (6:5) They prayed [publicly] standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets in order to be seen by men.

  • Standing. “Reference here is to the stated hours of prayer, morning and evening (see on Luke 1:9). The Temple and synagogues were, of course, the usual places of prayer. Those who were unable to pray at these appointed places could pray in the field, in the home, or upon their bed. Later tradition designated certain prayers to be uttered while one was standing, others, while one was sitting, walking, riding an ass, sitting or lying upon a bed.”
  • Corners of the streets. “These were the places where business was commonly transacted. If the stipulated hours of prayer found the Pharisees on these street corners, they would strike an attitude of prayer and in a loud voice rehearse the formal phrases they commonly used in prayer. Many doubtless made it convenient to be abroad during these hours.” – (SDA BC 5:345).

[9] What is their motive? Their reward? (6:5c) I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full.

  • “As with almsgiving, Jesus does not rule out all public behavior but stresses the private side of piety. Public prayer is very appropriate when practiced with right motives. But public orations should represent the overflow of a vibrant personal prayer life. What is more, prayer ought not to be used to gain plaudits, summarize a sermon, or communicate information to an audience but should reflect genuine conversation with God.” – [Craig Blomberg, Matthew, The New American Commentary, (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 22:117].

[10] How should the true follower of Jesus pray? (6:6a) But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret

[11] Who is sure to hear such prayers? And what will He do? (6:6b) And your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you

[12] Question on Public Prayer – “Do Jesus’ words question the appropriateness of all public prayer? Can public prayer draw attention to God without drawing attention to the one praying? Did Jesus himself practice “closet praying” exclusively? No, the Gospels record Jesus at prayer both privately (14:23) and publicly (14:18–19). Later, his disciples carried on a tradition of corporate prayer from the earliest days of the church (Acts 1:14). As he did with giving, Jesus drew attention to the motives behind actions. The point really wasn’t a choice between public and private prayer but between heartfelt and hypocritical prayer. We must learn to pray in private so that we might eventually lead others in effective prayer in public. When asked to pray in public, focus on addressing God, not on how you’re coming across to others. —[Bruce B. Barton, Matthew, Life Application Bible Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1996), 112].

[13] What error of the heathen should we avoid in praying? (6:7) And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words

[14] Why is “much speaking” in prayer unnecessary? (6:8) For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

THE MODEL PRAYER: THE LORD’S PRAYER

[15] What was the purpose of the Lord’s prayer? For Jesus to teach His disciples how to pray and those who were listening in around him.

[16] Who is prayer to be addressed to? Our Heavenly Father who is in Heaven – that makes Him approachable for us, and also shows His holiness

[17] What is the meaning of  “Our Father?” — The Greek “Father” (pater) probably translates the Aramaic Abba (cf. Mark 14:36). Use of this intimate term for God (almost equivalent to the English “Daddy”) was virtually unparalleled in first-century Judaism. Christians should consider God as accessible as the most loving human parent. (“Father” should not be read as implying that God has gender or sexuality.) The phrase “in heaven” balances this intimacy with an affirmation of God’s sovereignty and majesty. The use of the first-person plural pronouns throughout the prayer reminds us that our praying ought to reflect the corporate unity, desires, and needs of the entire church. The Lord’s Prayer is not simply a private utterance. The intimacy Christians may have with their Heavenly Father.” — [Craig Blomberg, Matthew, The New American Commentary, (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 22:119].

[18] What does it mean to hallow God’s name? The verb ‘hallow’ simply means ‘to honor as holy.’ The Greek root word in Mt 6:9 is hagiazo, to sanctify or to be holy. The word is the opposite of the Greek word koinos, which means “common.” We could legitimately translate these words thus: “Holy be Thy name”.  In other words, “may Thy name be set apart, sanctified, and remain holy.” The linguistic opposite is also true: “May Thy name never be associated with that which is common or profane.”

[19] What kind of person should ‘hallow’ God’s name? all humanity, but more especially, those who are called after His name.

[20] What are the next three petitions? And what do they mean?

  • Give us today our daily bread
  • Forgive us as we forgive others
  • Lead us not into Temptation but deliver us from the evil one

“Spiritual debts to God are first of all in view. Our plea for continued forgiveness as believers, requesting the restoration of fellowship with God following the alienation that sin produces, is predicated on our having forgiven those who have sinned against us. As v. 15 stresses, without this interpersonal reconciliation on the human level, neither can we be reconciled to God.”

“Lead us not into temptation” does not imply “don’t bring us to the place of temptation” or “don’t allow us to be tempted.” God’s Spirit has already done both of these with Jesus (4:1). Nor does the clause imply “don’t tempt us” because God has promised never to do that anyway (Jas 1:13). Rather, in light of the probable Aramaic underlying Jesus’ prayer, these words seem best taken as “don’t let us succumb to temptation” (cf. Mark 14:38) or “don’t abandon us to temptation.” We do of course periodically succumb to temptation but never because we have no alternative (1 Cor 10:13). So when we give in, we have only ourselves to blame.” – [Craig Blomberg, Matthew, The New American Commentary, (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 22:120].

[21] Where do our Temptations come from?

  1. From Satan — “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”” (Genesis 3:1, NKJV) “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1, NKJV)
  2. From our own Evil Desires — “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:13–15, ESV)
  3. From other People — “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6, NKJV) “For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell. Lest you ponder her path of life— Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.” (Proverbs 5:3–6, NKJV)
  4. From the World — “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16, NKJV) “And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19, NKJV)
  5. From people whose influence is bad; From those who love us (our spouses) – e.g. Job’s wife — “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9, NKJV) A desire to not look like a soft, pious, holy person; a desire to be popular or fit in with the group.
  6. From our weak spot, or blind spot, a flaw in our temperament; From our strongest point which leads to pride, .. and pride leads to our downfall!

40-BSG-6K: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.

Bible Study Guide/ Matthew 6, (40-BSG-6K)/ Discussion Questions

To Think About And Discuss – [1] Why should giving, praying and fasting be done in secret? (Mt 6: 4, 6, 18)

[2] What is required of us in order to obtain forgiveness from God? (Mt 6:14-15)

[3] Why is it not worth while to lay up treasure upon earth? (Mt 6:19); Where should we lay up our treasures instead? What shows that the heavenly treasure is secure? (v. 20)

[4] Why can no man serve two masters? (Mt 6:24) What two masters are mentioned here?

[5] What two examples in nature did Jesus give us showing us God’s provision? (Mt 6: 26,28)

[6] According to The Sermon on the Mount what three things were considered by Jesus to be of top priority? (Mt 5:24; 6:33; 7:5)

[7] Why shouldn’t we be over anxious about tomorrow? (Mt 6:34)

For Further Study – [8] Study the model prayer given by our LORD, asking yourself these questions—[a] How many times is the name of God mentioned? And in what form? [b] How many distinct things are asked for? [c] Would the answer to this prayer cover our essential needs each day?

[9] Why Jesus taught His disciples this prayer? Discuss main elements of this pray and why everybody need to know them?

[10] What is the condition of obtaining forgiveness? (Mt 6:14-15). What about that enemy of yours who (unfortunately died) before you forgive him/ her… does that mean that God will never forgive you? What about those who have refused to “settle the matters,” despite the many attempts you have tried thus far? 

For Self-Examination – [11] Are you experiencing a dynamic prayer life? Is there something that God is teaching you about prayer that He wants you to do?

For Life Today – [12]  God’s name stands for His nature, character, personality (Ps. 9:10). A deeper revealing of God’s character is found in Exodus 34:6-7 – He is “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness); keeping mercy and lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin..” etc. How do you treat God’s holy name differently from all other names?

For Going Deeper – [13] The counsel on Worry and Anxiety: Consider again the major truth expressed in Matthew 6:33. How does Mt 6:34 and Gen 22:14; Ex. 16:18-20 expand your understanding of this truth?

For Personal Implications – [14] Pray the Lord’s Prayer, stopping at each phrase and expanding on it to reflect your own prayer from your heart.