Week 5 - Sincerity // Day 6
Matthew 6 16 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Does not this passage reveal, as verse six of the same chapter does, the secret of the Master’s inner life? He lived in fellowship with the “Father who sees what is in secret.” He brought all questions to that inner courtfor settlement; he was satisfied with no deed that did not merit the approval of the Father who “looks at the heart”; he was content only with being right in the sight of God. Consider the value of secret prayer as a means of detecting shams in our own lives, of making us discontented with ourselves until we are inwardly in harmony with the will of God for us, and so of making us genuinely whole and good. Moral cosmetics cannot avail us in the presence of God; “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked” Therefore for the sake of our characters’ genuineness, let us put ourselves continually to the test of quiet meditation and prayer.