- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Matthew 6
Teaching on Piety
After six examples of great righteousness/justice based on Jesus’ interpretation of the law (Matthew 5:17-48), Matthew writes Jesus’ teaching on practical piety; giving to the needy, prayer, fasting, treasures in Heaven, and no to worry.
“Piety,” translate the word, “righteousness/justice. Act on piety should follow the rule of God’s righteousness/ justice in love, mercy, compassion, faith and trust.
The Lord’s prayer (5-15) falls into two parts relating to God and to people. After invocation, there are three petitions concerning God’s glory, followed by those concerning human needs. The Lord’s prayer is known as a model prayer consisting four elements when we pray; Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication.
Fasting was practiced in Old Testament times for mourning, remorse or request for divine aid or wisdom, associated with humility, which is contrast sharply with the attempt to attract attention to oneself that Jesus talks about in the passage (v.16).
Concern for wealth and treasures may get in the way of what really matter, a heart orientated toward the things of heaven. Jesus teaches about wealth related to eye and heart in human body. Eye is a symbol of life’s focus, viewpoint, and heart is a symbol of life’s center.
Jesus teaches about faith. Weak faith is worrying about what to eat or what to wear. Strong faith is trusting God and God’s provision.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.