Our Lord Jesus Christ desires to reveal this secret to all of God’s servants. If God uses you to pray for someone in need, and you keep telling people you prayed for that person, then you will never be blessed in heaven.
Servants of God seeking worldly glory.
Many servants of God go public because they want to be recognized by the world as spiritually powerful people, yet it is God our Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who deserves that praise.
This is what Jesus Christ did.
During his ministry on earth, our Father in Heaven used Jesus Christ to perform many miracles, but never at any one time did Jesus move around mentioning the people that he prayed for.
As indicated in the Bible verses below, our Lord Jesus hated publicity because he did not want to lose his heavenly rewards.
A man with leprosy[a] came to him and begged him on his knees,
“If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus was indignant.[b] He reached out his hand and touched the man.
“I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
“See that you don’t tell this to anyone.
But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices
that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
There are many examples in the Bible where Jesus Christ never wanted the public to know that he had prayed for someone (see Luke 8:56, Mark 7:32-36, Matthew 16:20, Matthew 17:9, Mark 3:12 ).
You receive your rewards in full.
When you go public about the person you have prayed for in secret, then you receive all your rewards in full here on earth. God our Father will never reward you in heaven.
Every blessing you would have got in heaven comes within the publicity and recognition you get on earth (see Mathew 6:5 and Matthew 6:16 ).
Don’t tell other people.
This is what Jesus Christ said:
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.
If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets,
to be honored by others.
Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
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.
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Le danger de se vanter d’avoir prié pour quelqu’un.
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