Matthew 6:1. 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.
Our blessed Lord does not tell his disciples to give alms, but he takes
it for granted that they do that. How could they be his disciples if
they did not so? But he tells them to take care that they do not do
this in order to get honour and credit from it. Oh! how much is done in
this world that would be very good, but it is spoilt in the doing
through the motive done to be seen of men. "Ye have no reward of your
Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 6:2. 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
So that they will never have another. They have been paid once for it
by the approbation of their fellow-men. They will never have any
Matthew 6:3-5. But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy
right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father
which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou
He does not tell his disciples to pray, but again takes it for granted
that they do so, and he cannot be a Christian who does not pray. "A
prayerless soul is a Christless soul." "When thou prayest."
Matthew 6:5. 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.
All they will ever get. People say, "What a wonderfully pious man he is
to pray up at the street corner." Ay, but that is the reward. The
prayer will die where it was offered.
Matthew 6:6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
Get into some quiet nook — some secret place, no matter where.
Matthew 6:6. And when thou hast shut thy door,
So that nobody can hear you — not wishing anybody to know even that you are at prayer. "When thou hast shut thy door."
Matthew 6:6-8. Pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not
vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be
heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for
your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Prayers are never measured by the yard in heaven. They are estimated by
their weight. If there is earnestness in them, truth, sincerity, God
accepts them, however brief they are. Indeed, brevity is often an
excellence in prayer. Let us never, therefore, use vain repetitions.
This exposition consisted of readings from Matthew 5:41-48; Matthew 6:1-8