Matthew 6:3-4 | World Challenge

Matthew 6:3-4

April 13, 2021

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


Devotional Thoughts

By Gary Wilkerson

“I looked for a man from among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land” (Ezekiel 22:30).

God says he is looking for someone who is willing to “stand in the gap,” that wide, empty place where something is missing. Evangelism, worship, teaching, preaching, good works, Sunday school, and youth ministry are well covered, but your church’s “gap” may be prayer.

The Lord calls his church to stand in the gap, no matter what the outcome might be. If you pray only to get success in your own life, you are just like the Pharisees — and Jesus called them hypocrites or pretenders. You may pretend to stand in the gap for somebody else but really you want something for yourself. If you don’t get what you want from God after fifteen minutes, you quit praying. The prayer meeting and seeking his face are no longer a part of your life — and you doubt that God will answer prayer.

God seeks persistent, faithful, heart-felt prayer. Standing in the gap in the secret place with God for fifteen minutes each day is a good start. You will find those fifteen minutes turn to twenty and then thirty. Don’t worry about how long you pray, just stay consistent.

The Bible clearly tells us he wants us to be filled with his love and power — and this only happens when we go into the secret place with him. If you are doing good works just to be seen by men, that is all you will see and your life will become consumed with questions: “Did they see me? Do they appreciate what I’ve done? Am I accepted? Am I loved?”

When you are standing in the gap and serving him, it will not matter what others say and you won’t be looking for that pat on the back. The Father’s eyes are on you and he is saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”