It means one who pretends to be other than who they really are. An actor, a pretender. You ever had someone call you a poser? You ever felt like you’re just going through the motions in an area of your life? Here’s what God says. Don’t be like the hypocrites. Here’s what it means. We need to live our lives genuine, genuine with great Mt. Carmel Church services. Here’s what prayer and fasting will do. It’ll bring to the surface who we really are, and sometimes we don’t like it. Prayer and fasting reveals our devotion. What are we devoted to? Are we devoted to ourselves? Are we devoted to God? Here’s what Hebrews four 13 says and there is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. What areas of our life are we pretending? What areas of our life are we posing?
Here’s what prayer and fasting is and I encourage you in this first D is check your devotion during your times of prayer fasting. Maybe you need to start a devotion. I encourage you, start your day with at least 15 minutes with God. Every day you spend that much time catching up on your feed. 15 minutes. Just get out your Bible. Get a devotion, something that you pray and you read through something. You spend your time, you say, God, I give you the first part of my day with Mt. Carmel Church. I devoted to you. I’m devoted to you. I don’t want to be a hypocrite. I don’t want to sit in church and say I’m one way and live another way. When I’m outside of church, hypocrites are pretenders. They know the game. They know what space to put on. They know the words to say. They know the cliches, they know all these things, but we don’t want to be hypocrites.
We want to be genuine. Prayer and fasting is about looking ourselves in the mirror and saying, am I who I say I am? Am I really who I say I am? Am I who people think that I am? I say I’m a Christian, I come to church, but who am I devoted to? My devoted to myself or my devoted to God? Devotions. Really important are prayer and fasting. Let’s look at the second deep. Second D is similarities that we find here. The second D is direction, direction for solid Mt. Carmel Church advice. Notice what he says about praying there in the last part of verse five that they pray, they love pray standing in the synagogues on the corners of streets that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you that they have the reward, but when you pray, what are you supposed to do? Go into your room and when you’ve shut your door, pray where?
Pray to your father, pray to your father, not to men, but to your father jumped down in fasting. Notice what he says there. Notice when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites with a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have your reward to get the top Mt. Carmel Church services. Have their reward, but you, when you fast, what are you supposed to do? Anoint your head. Wash your face so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your father. Number two is about direction. Who are we doing it to? Who are we doing it for? We’re doing it for God. We’re doing it for people. It’s about checking how do we live our lives? No supposed to says in Galatians chapter one obviously I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God.
If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Are we striving for universal acceptance or universal obedience? Notice what he says. Not be like these people do not pray to men at do not fast to men. Don’t live your Christian life for people. Live it for God. Don’t try and press people with your Christianity. Impress God with your Christianity. Don’t fast to people. Look what happens if people are fast to other people. They disfigure their faces. People come up to you and say, Hey, what’s going on? I’m thirsty. Hey, you want something? No, I couldn’t. Possibly. I’m fasting. Stickered pastor with great Mt. Carmel Church, I’d love to, but I can’t. You just figured their faces and get all sad. Notice Jesus said you have your reward. In other words, you have your little pity party. That’s your reward, but he said, when you fast, don’t let anybody know about it.
What’s your face anoints your head that everybody who takes just all normal nother day for you. Why? Because you’re fasting to God, not for the pleasure of people. Now that you can think I’m real spiritual, you don’t even need to know I’m fasting unless people just push you and prod you off. They keep telling you he wants to meet. No, no daycare. No, no. Really? You want somebody? No, no, thank you. I know. No, I can. I’m not not bypassing. So sometimes they keep pushing. You’re like, no, I remember that. Well, what’s the matter? Why aren’t you eating? What’s the matter much? You watch me?
I realized there’s sometimes you go home, you have to tell them. But notice who are we doing it for? We’re doing it for God. So here’s why I’m encouraged you be a God pleaser, not a people pleaser. Live your life for Jesus, not for people. Vertical acceptance, not horizontal acceptance. When we live for horizontal acceptance, it’s very frustrating for the best Mt. Carmel Church. One day they loved you. Next day they don’t. One day that parent’s happy with you. Oh, thank you. What’s your dude? My kids. You’re awesome. Are they good? And they say, what are you doing back kid to do that?
And that real coach something. Lead something. Be an employer in the public. Give a pastor a church. Do something long enough and you’re going to deal with people that are loved you. And then it’s just going to happen. So this is why everything’s to God. It’s direction. All right, let’s do the third one. Third day. Third day. It’s about discretion. Notice what he says about prayer. When you pray, go into your room and shut your door and pray to your father who’s in the what kind of place. Let’s try it again. Pray to your father who’s in what kind of place secrets and your father who sees in secret will reward you. Woo openly. Now let’s go down to fasting. Is it any different?