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11 4 07 Bring Your Motivations Into Line Seeking Your Father s Approval 1 Motivate Display Franklin Roosevelt s report card from Groton last page of this document What kinds of things does a report card represent academic performance teacher feedback approval to advance to another grade or on to college a report of attendance what courses you took during that grading period Why do students seek approval on a grade card gain parents approval personal satisfaction pride demonstrate accomplishments 2 Transition One way that students seek approval via grades We all seek approval in one way or another Jesus taught that it is important that to seek approval from Him Today We study what Jesus said about our motivation and what kind of approval we pursue in our religious practices 3 Bible Study 3 1 Giving What motivates you to do things like a getting up in the morning b going to work c going to church you know you are supposed to you re in trouble if you don t it s the right thing to do even if you don t feel like doing it Listen for how Jesus describes motivations for why people do things Matthew 6 1 4 NIV Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them If you do you will have no reward from your Father in heaven 2 So when you give to the needy do not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets to be honored by men I tell you the truth they have received their reward in full 3 But when you give to the needy do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing 4 so that your giving may be in secret Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you According to Jesus how did some people let others know of their good deeds out in the open before others announcing it with trumpets not in secret 1 11 4 07 Bring Your Motivations Into Line Seeking Your Father s Approval What are some bad motives for practicing acts of righteousness in front of people just to be seen to be honored by men gain attention as a good person impress others What might be some good motives for doing acts of righteousness in front of people to be an example for your children teaching them to give to tithe demonstrating how to be involved in God s work it s the nature of the activity leading in worship preaching teaching witnessing What would be some ways in which you could use your time and resources to help others with few if any people knowing involvement in volunteer work church office delivering for a Meals on Wheels ministry a hospital prayer ministry personal or if your church has an Intercessory Prayer Room visitation to rest homes on your own According to this passage what kind of reward will people get for publicizing their good deeds so openly no reward from the Father in heaven if you seek the honor of men that s exactly what you get that s all you get What is the reward to each of the people below when we give with pure motives To the recipient To the giver To God they are ministered to God gives eternal pleasure at seeing His people their needs are met rewards acting to please Him they see a joy of seeing God joy of seeing His blessings demonstration of multiplying your channeled through us God s love giving Be aware of how your giving through your church supports different ministries local outreach foreign missionaries seminaries Bible colleges both in America and overseas disaster relief ministries 3 2 Praying Listen for how Jesus teachings on prayer differ from practices of the pagans 2 11 4 07 Bring Your Motivations Into Line Seeking Your Father s Approval Matthew 6 5 15 NIV And when you pray do not be like the hypocrites for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men I tell you the truth they have received their reward in full 6 But when you pray go into your room close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you 7 And when you pray do not keep on babbling like pagans for they think they will be heard because of their many words 8 Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask him 9 This then is how you should 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 today our daily bread 12 Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you your heavenly Father will also forgive you 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins your Father will not forgive your sins According to this passage how do the hypocrites pray standing in the synagogues standing on the street corners to be seen by men How does Jesus suggest that we pray in your room your closet Consider how some of our public prayers tend behind closed doors to have these characteristics in secret repeated use of Lord or God or Father always include much religious jargon which How do the pagans pray we feel must be there if it is to be a prayer babbling repeating words multiple times continuously in foolish excited incomprehensible way many words needed to impress or get their deity s attention Repetition or perseverance in prayer is not wrong meaningless chatter is wrong How can we keep prayer from being babble talk to God in the same manner you talk to someone you respect use full sentences keep a list which helps you remember issues you want talk to God about people you want to support in prayer describe to God your concerns tell God you trust Him you believe in His power His authority His love thank Him for His faithfulness His attention to your burden Jesus says your Father knows what you need before you ask Him Why then should we pray it is conversation with God it is more than telling Him what we need it is declaration of our trust in His power to meet our needs meet the needs of others around us it is a two way communication with God talking to us also impressing on our hearts and minds His workings His intentions His will the essence of genuine prayer is to seek God not impress others with personal piety 3 11 4 07 Bring Your Motivations Into Line Seeking Your Father s Approval Why do you think Jesus stressed praying in secret God is the audience not other people it s too big a …


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