There was once a man who worked in an office full of sales professionals. He was not in sales, he just processed the orders. Nobody really paid much attention to him. One day, he hit the lottery but decided to keep working at his job. He was the kind of man that wanted to give back to the community. So every weekend he would make arrangements to donate large portions of his winnings to organizations like the New England Home of Little Wanderers. He would send out press releases and make lengthy speeches about what he was giving. When he would get back to work on Monday, he would hold up the daily press and shout out “look what I did this weekend.”Everyone in the office would applaud him. He finally got his boasting rights and everyone at work acknowledged him.
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you (Matthew 6:1-4 NLT).
Guardaos de hacer vuestra justicia delante de los hombres, para ser vistos de ellos; de otra manera no tendréis recompensa de vuestro Padre que está en los cielos. Cuando, pues, des limosna, no hagas tocar trompeta delante de ti, como hacen los hipócritas en las sinagogas y en las calles, para ser alabados por los hombres; de cierto os digo que ya tienen su recompensa. Mas cuando tú des limosna, no sepa tu izquierda lo que hace tu derecha, para que sea tu limosna en secreto; y tu Padre que ve en lo secreto te recompensará en public (Mateo 6:1-4 RVR).
When you do good things in private, it moves the hand of the Lord towards your favor because of your obedience to do that good work. When you bring the scriptures you are standing in belief for and the things that you have done in private to the Lord in prayer, God answers. Sometimes you have to remind the Lord that you were obedient (Isaiah 43:26) and that you are waiting for (whatever) scriptures to become a reality. It seems then that the Lord looks over the list of things you’ve done, and then rewards you with answered prayers. But if you sought the praise of men, or self-glory, it negates the gift the Lord had in mind for you when He first asked you to help that person in need. It’s always your choice to receive the gift from God or the gift from men. From my experience, the gift from God is better.