So we’re on this series called the secret sauce, the secret sauce of the Christian life called prayer and fasting. So if you got your worship guide, you pull out some sermon notes, they’re located in there. Also, you get your Bibles out, get your YouVersion Bible app open. You can get some sermon notes out of there if you’d like, but every time we open the Bible, we’re expecting God to speak to us. He’s speaking live to us. His word is life to those who find it and health to all their flesh. So every time we say, let’s get out our Bibles, we get excited. So if you’ve got them today, let’s open them up to Matthew chapter six come on, somebody. Matthew, chapter six secret sauce, prayer, and fasting. If you’re there, almost start reading in verse five are you ready this morning? I’ll wait for the others to get help Mt. Carmel Church.
We don’t have time. We’ve got to go. I’ve got a lot to say. I’m on the clock people. I’m just kidding. Just kidding. Matthew chapter six verse five and when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray to stand in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets that they may be seen by men for top Mt. Carmel Church. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward, but you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your father who’s in the secret place. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore, do not be like them. For your Father knows the things that you need before you ask him.
Jim down to verse 16 says, moreover 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 the reward, but when you fast, anoint your head, wash your face so that you do not appear to men to be fasting. But to your father who sees in the secret place and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Let’s pray. Father, thank you so much for your word today. We just pray. Holy Spirit, you come to bring life to it. Bring revelation, bring understanding with great Mt. Carmel Church. Lord, I pray y’all speak with clarity and that we will connect with what you want us to connect with today. Lord, I pray that you will open our eyes to see the things you want us to see today.
We give you glory for it. In Jesus’ name, somebody says amen. Here are what we see here and they scriptures Matthew chapter six talking about the secret sauce of prayer and prayer and fasting. It says when you pray in verse six and when you fast in verse 16 if Jesus is telling us how to do these things, then he’s also telling us there’s an importance that we do these things. If he says, when you pray and then he tells you how to pray and we’ll talk about that. If he says when you fast and then he tells you how to fast. Then that’s telling us that it’s pretty important to Jesus that we do those two things, so if you don’t know about those two things, if you never heard about those two things or you don’t know much about them today, I hope that you’ll understand it a little bit more about it today Mt. Carmel Church.
Today we’re going to talk about a couple of things, so I’m just going to touch on fasting briefly and then we’re going to talk about prayer mostly. I’m going to give you a couple of basic principles in building prayer over the next few weeks. We’re going to break down the basics of prayer. If you’ve ever been intimidated by prayer, I encourage you to come. If you know someone who has trouble praying, tell him to come to invite them because we’re going to break down all the fundamentals in prayer and to help you walk that out. You can also get some help. We’re having a short term group meeting on Monday nights coming up this month that a Sudanese Megan’s is going to be helping and teaching and prayer, so you can be a part of that as well Mt. Carmel Church. But let’s look at fasting first. Last week we introduced the subject just abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose.
A friend of mine sent this quote to me, fasting is denying yourself something temporal and ordinary to experience the one who is eternally extraordinary fasting as something we do and get more on the day five of our prayer and fasting time and whatever you’re doing, whatever extent you’re praying and fasting, that’s between you and God and I’m just encouraged you keep leaning into him that it’s giving up something ordinary temporal to pursue something extraordinary, to pursue something spiritual. So it’s not just I’m doing without. I’m adding too. Again, we talked about that a little bit last week, but on our website Mt. Carmel Church, I want to give you a tip, a tool that we’ve made available. Jensen Franklin wrote a 21 day fasting devotional and we put the link of that on our website. You can find it there. But here’s one thing he said on that.
Fasting is not for the strong. Fasting is for the week. Fasting is for the ordinary people who realize that they desperately need God in their life. That’s who fasting is for. I encourage you to begin this journey. If you’ve never fasted before or if you’re a veteran faster or you fast, and many times I’m excited about what God will do on this journey. If you step up and say, here are the keywords. God, I want you and I’m coming after you in prayer and fasting. I’m not leaving sugar behind.