January 11 – Matthew 6

In the first 18 verses of Matthew 6 I notice 2 key words > When & Will.

When we become Christians Jesus automatically assumes that we will work at developing these 4 spiritual disciplines. The four are giving, prayer, forgiveness, and fasting. I know he assumes we will practice these four because he uses our first key word ‘When’. When you give, when you pray, when you forgive, and when you fast. These disciplines which will help us to more accurately represent Jesus here on earth. After all isn’t that why we are here?

Colossians 3:17 (NLT) — 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

The second key verse is ‘Will’. When we do the four spiritual disciplines our Father in heaven ‘Will’ reward us! There is no maybe or might but ‘will’ reward you. Your giving will be rewarded when it is just between you and Father. Your prayer will be rewarded when it is just between you and Father. It gives me great confidence to pray because the Father already knows what I need so I know that he can provide it! He wants relationship with me so he asks me to come and talk with Him. Wow how cool is that? It thrills my heart to know that the Father knows me so well; it makes me feel special, how ’bout you?

When I forgive I ‘will’ be rewarded. I never have to worry about any of my wrong doings because Father says he will forgive when I forgive. The enemy can never accuse me of having unforgiven sin when I have already extended forgiveness. This just makes me feel so clean and refreshed, like a hot shower on a cold Minnesota day!

When I fast I ‘will’ be rewarded. I have to admit right here on this blog that fasting is my weakest of these four spiritual disciplines. I’ll give, pray and forgive till the cows come home as they say; but fasting yikes I really need to work on that. Those of you who read this blog pray that I will know what Father is asking me to do in the area of fasting. Thank you.

Go back and read again the first 18 verses and pick out the When & Will and be encouraged to work on those disciplines. Start with one and work up to the four. After all you do want to represent Jesus, right?

Be Inspired Hilltop

Ps. Don’t worry!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    This passage also has the example of how to pray. It acknowledges and honors God, it aligns our will with Gods, it shows trust that our needs will be met and requests spiritual and physical protection. It is a complete, direct and succinct prayer.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says

    Whenever I read the Sermon on the Mount the enemy seems to have a hay day pointing out all of my shortcomings. Today I came “expecting” God to speak to me and He did! I was struck by the Father’s love for me in verses 25-34. I need not worry because I mean more to Him than anything that seems to be coming at me. He has all of my needs worked out! These verses are words I can speak to the enemy when he tries to cut me down with his half truths. God LOVES me…..He knows my need, and provision has already been made! Thank you Father for loving me.