a kingdom of sincerity | Matthew 6.1-18
The Bucket family!
Whose approval do I crave? Where is my reward?
- sincerity & secrecy (6.1-6, 16-18)
- not hypocrites (v1)
o giving (v2)
o praying (v5)
o fasting (v16)
- the Father sees (v3-4, 6, 17-18)
- secrecy safeguards sincerity
- sincerity & simplicity (6.7-13)
- not pagan (v7-8)
- ‘how’ to pray (v9a)
o who (v9b)
o why (v10)
o what (v11-13, cf. v8)
▪ Hand needs (v11)
▪ Heart needs (v12, 14-15 cf. 5.8)
▪ Head needs (v13)
- sincere prayer is humble and short
not keeping up appearances!