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Daily Encouragement Day 209 - Matthew 6

The four gospels are not biographies but thematic portraits of Jesus Christ that are addressed to particular audiences and stress distinct aspects of the life of Christ.  These unique portraits combine together to create a composite picture in which the total is greater than the sum of the parts. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells His listeners that when they give, pray, and fast, they should do these things to please God rather than impress people.  In His model prayer and in His teaching on anxiety, Jesus stresses the need to focus first on the Father and to look to Him for every good thing. READING of MATTHEW 6 Prayer: Lord, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  May I store up treasures in heaven by seeking first Your kingdom and righteousness. Meditation passage for today: verses 9-13, 20-21, 24, 33-34