But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6
In the year 1800 John Adams and his wife moved into the residence today known as the White House. The building was reconstructed after the British burned it down, and remodeled many times. Through all the history that had passed it has never been a secret where it is and that it is the home of the president of the United States. But if we want our president to listen to our request the trick is to get an appointment to meet him there.
The same is true with our place of prayer. When Jesus told us to go into the “secret place with God”, He wasn’t referring to some mystical hidden location. We don’t need to find some place that no one knows about where we can hide while we pray. We pray simply must be sure that the words we say are intended for God’s ears alone. We must be careful to not try and impress others either by the way we pray or how often. God’s appointment calendar will always open for us if we come in honesty and humility. In fact the most important part of our prayer is not the words we use, but in the answer God gives. When our hearts are right we will discover that God’s ears are always open and that He is prepared to listen to anyone who comes into His secret place.
I love watching spy shows especially when they penetrate the most secure locations to rescue a friend. They usually learn the location of where the bad guys have hidden their buddy by picking up on top secret information.
But the good news today is that we don’t need a top security clearance to get access to God. God has put everything we need to know in plain sight in His word. Faith alone in Christ alone can open the door to His most secret place for even the smallest child.
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
The trouble with me is that sometimes when I pray I leave the door open just a tiny crack. Then in the moments that are meant for only the heavenly Father, little distractions flutter through that tiny crack. Like seeing a lovely butterfly, suddenly my mind leaps and rushes off. The butterfly soon disappears and once I have left that Holy meeting with God it is doubly difficult to return.
But on those better days when I tarry, God comes He longs for us to hear His voice and to know Him but He comes only in secret when our secret place is all for Him.
He spoke to Elijah in His secret place outside the cave
He spoke to Moses in the secret place in the cleft of the Rock
He spoke to David in the secret place with his flock
He spoke to in a vision in John’s secret place on the Island of Patmos
And He will speak today to us if we will close our doors and wait for Him. He will come and show us our way if we will linger for that hour. Then, when He is ready He will open the door and send us out to a day that He has blessed and claimed as His own!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known. William Walford