Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV)
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
“You have been summoned to appear before the Judge.” Those words most often strike fear in the minds and hearts of anyone.
“What have I done wrong? What is going to happen to me?” Fears of punishment and prison might run through your head.
The fears are well founded because we are already condemned by what we have done and we know it. If the record of our entire lives were broadcast for anyone to see we would not have any friends at all.
What if the note read something different? Whist if the note said, “You are hereby invited to attend a party that is being thrown by the richest man in the world and he desires that you sit at his table. No need to bring any gifts just yourself is all that is required.”
What goes through your mind now? What is he after? What does he really want? But you have heard from many others who have been summoned to his party and they all attest to the fact that he the most benevolent rich person they have ever met. In fact they all speak of his grace and kindness when they first arrived at the party and were escorted to the favored guest table.
When they sat down at their table they discovered a note on their dinner plate. When they opened it they could not believe its contents. It said, “All of your debts have been paid and a deposit has already been made into your account in the amount of . . .”
At first you thought there was some mistake. How could this be possible? You hardly knew the wealthy person that had done this on your behalf. The assurances of others at the table lead you to believe that the note is true. There is however one condition you will have to meet in order to access your account, you will have to meet with this wealthy person regularly to let him know what you are doing and how much you might need for a certain project. The funds are already in the bank you just have to meet with the benevolent benefactor regularly so you access the funds.
How could you ever refuse to meet with him regularly?