Archive for April, 2012

Prayer (Part 1 of 4)

Posted: April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

“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. 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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:5-8

I would like us to focus on one of the most important aspects of the Christian life, Prayer. This is part one of a four part series on prayer. A prayer can be something that is so simple, but sometimes it seems like it is difficult for people to engage in. One problem that has concerned thoughtful Christians when concerning the nature of providence is the role of prayer. The problem stems from the question of what prayer really accomplishes. We are going to be looking into that in our study. But let’s first see exactly what prayer is. Webster’s dictionary describes prayer as: The act of addressing prayers to God, to ask or request. That doesn’t seem to get the full understanding of what prayer is. What do we expect from a secular source like that? Prayer is also communicating and communing with God. Praying to God is allowing Him to speak and it is being His friend. All of us long to connect with someone who can identify with our circumstances and share in our day-to-day life. Prayer is just that – a personal experience and intimate connection with our loving Heavenly Father. The first point of this four part series is that we can pray with the WRONG motives.

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”
Matthew 6:5 (NIV)

When it comes to prayer, motive is everything.
Let look deeper in to this scripture: For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets: There were two main places where a Jew in Jesus’ day might pray hypocritically. They might pray at the synagogue at the time of public prayer, or on the street at the appointed times of prayer (9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m.).

How many unsaved people in hip hop culture pray hypocritically? Every time I see some award show I see people give props to God when their music is totally against the things of God. They thank God for the award they have received, by doing and saying things either in song or film that are unbiblical, and would cause serious Christians to not watch or hear what they have won the award for.
b. The scripture says “That they may be seen by men: Let’s investigate that further. These hypocrites don’t pray to be heard by God, but to be seen by men. It seems like those people wanted to be seen praying so that people would think they were pious or holy. No matter what the reason, Jesus says it is wrong to do it that way This is a common fault in public prayer today, when people pray to impress or teach others instead of genuinely pouring out their hearts before God.
i. How many times have you heard a person go on and on and on in a prayer, drifting around subjects, rambling on and on like if this pleases God?
ii. What an insult such prayers are to God! When we mouth words towards God, while really trying to impress others, we use God merely as a tool to impress others.
c.. The verse says: “Truly I say to you, they have received their reward”
It is a reward, but it is their reward; not the reward which God promises to them that do good, but the reward which they promise themselves by showing off. How many of us like to show off? Come on now. They have their reward, and a poor reward it is; they did it to be seen of men, and they are seen of men; they chose their own delusions with which they cheated themselves, and they shall have what they chose.
It is a reward, but it is a reward only for that moment, they have it; and there is nothing reserved for them in the future. That’s all that they are likely to get from God; they have their reward here, and have none to hope for hereafter. In the Greek we see it Apechousi ton misthon. It talks about a receipt in full. What rewards the godly have in this life are just part of payment; there is more coming later, much more; but hypocrites have their all in this world, so shall their doom be; they themselves have decided it. This world is temporary provision to the saints, it is their extra spending-money; but it is full paycheck to hypocrites, it is their portion. This is their wages. Think of the old school album Paid in Full by Eric B and Rakim. Classic album, but it shows that people indeed want to impress others.
The Lord Jesus often spoke out against those who were “HYPOCRITES.” What is a HYPOCRITE?
The word HYPOCRITE means “someone who plays a part on the stage, an actor.” An actor is someone who pretends to be someone else. The same is true for a hypocrite. A hypocrite acts out a part and pretends to be someone else. He pretends to be someone different than he really is.
Sometimes little children enjoy playing “DOCTOR.” One child might pretend he is the doctor and the other child might pretend to be the patient. The child is acting out a part. He is not really a doctor; he is just pretending to be one! This is what the word “HYPOCRITE” means: AN ACTOR, A PRETENDER!
There might be a show on television which tells the story about a man who is a criminal and a drug addict. Some actor must play the part of this man. The actor is just pretending to be a criminal and a drug addict. In real life this man may be a fine citizen who has never been in trouble with the law and who has never taken drugs in his entire life. In the television show he pretends to be someone different than he is in real life.
In the Greek and Roman plays, the actors would usually wear large MASKS. The MASK represented the person whose part they were playing. To find out who the actor is, you must look under the mask! Every year on Halloween many children go from door to door wearing MASKS. A child may pretend to be a GORILLA and wear a GORILLA MASK. But this child is not really a gorilla! To find the real person you must look under the mask.
What about us? Are we ever pretenders? Do we ever put on a show before others? Do we ever wear a proverbial or literal mask?

2012 by DJ Elder


1Peter 5:5 NKJV “..younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of  you  be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

There is a campaign in music, on the big & small screen that being disrespectful or sarcastic to ones elders is funny or OK.  “Everyone is doing it..” does that make it right?  I’ve said it before, if you want grace you have to give grace to one another.  But Peter here says one more.. be submissive to one another. The grace goes to the humble brother or sister.. not the chest pounding, me, me, me proud person. Don’t trip, you will get your dues in due time..see vs.6.. but for now humble up & thereby get your grace on!  ~Pastor Pete        

Cure for the discouraged

Posted: April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

“Keep going, you’re gonna get there! God created your mind to conceive & believe. It’s only then that we can achieve.  Be encouraged & ignore Satan’s discourage..” ~DJ one3

Got 4ever?

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

1 John 2:17 NKJV

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

May Event Coming to L.A.!!!

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Big announcement coming in May regarding a West Coast event put on by HeadzUp. Stay tuned for more…