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In today’s Christian Religious Studies class, We will be discussing Jesus Teaching on Fasting and Prayer. We hope you enjoy the class!
Jesus Teaching on Fasting and Prayer (Matthew 6: 5-18)
Jesus Christ gave some advice and made some corrections on the wrong practice of fasting and prayer by the Jews.
On prayer, Jesus taught that we should not say our prayers openly in order to be seen by men as the hypocrites do, rather, we should pray behind closed doors in our rooms.
He said when saying our prayers, we should not be full of vain repetitions because God already knows what we need before we ask Him. So, we should be precise in our prayers.
Jesus then taught us how we should pray using this pattern- acknowledging God as our father, praising Him, having a pure motive, making a request and asking for forgiveness and grace to overcome any evil. Concerning fasting, Jesus said, “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, who try to look pale so that people will admire them for their fasting. Jesus assured that that is the only reward they would ever get.
But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will suspect you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in secret. And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
Jesus’ Teaching on Love of Money (Matthew 6: 14-15)
In Jesus’ teaching on love of money, He emphasized the need for us to love God above riches. Jesus enjoined us to be more interested in heavenly things or doing things that are of more eternal value than engaging in the acquisition of worldly possessions which does not last. Jesus said we cannot serve two masters, that is, we cannot love both God and money or material gain equally. It is either we choose between serving God and serving mammon (money). This is because the love of money draws the hearts of people away from God, thus, it is difficult for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus then advised that the rich should not set their hope and faith in their riches but on God who is the giver of riches and the rich should be liberal and generous with their riches.
Jesus’ Teaching on Worrying and Anxiety (Matthew 6: 25-34)
On worry and anxiety, Jesus emphasized the need for us to put our trust in God. He said that we should not be anxious or worry about our needs such as our health, food, clothes, shelter and our education etc. Jesus said if God cares for the birds and flowers then we should know that He cares for us because we are of more value than they, therefore, Jesus advised that instead of worrying, we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things we desire shall be given to us by God.
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In our next class, we will be talking about Jesus Teaching Parables. We are very much eager to meet you there.
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