The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

That Secret Place of Prayer

Posted by Pastor Szekely on December 12, 2007

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

As you read Matthew 6:5-6, you find yourself in the middle of the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. The subject that Jesus is preaching on in these verses is PRAYER!

I think it’s real interesting to note that Moses in the Law didn’t give command or regulation in regard to prayer, and even the prophets say little when it comes to the direct duty of prayer. So then how fitting is it that the revelation of a prayer-life is found in the message of the Lord Jesus Christ! I think it’s awesome…“Lord, teach us to pray”!

We see from the Lord’s message that prayer is expected AND anticipated. In verses 5 and 6 we read the repeated words from Christ “when thou prayest”. So it’s not, “IF you pray”, but  it’s “WHEN you pray”! The relationship we have with our Lord requires us to pray because our God desires from us communion with Him.

Prayer ClosetNow a good teacher needs a classroom, wherever that may be. And if the Lord will be our Teacher and if He will teach us to pray, He too needs a classroom: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet” (vs6). God wants us to find a fixed spot – a private place – where we can daily meet with Him! That spot may be anywhere…It may change from day to day…But what CANNOT change is that we have a daily quiet time in which we place ourselves in His presence!

DO YOU HAVE THIS TIME WITH GOD DAILY or DOES THIS LACK WITH YOU?

Many of you – and I – truly believe that the Bible is the Truth, that it is the very Words of God. It is not hard to believe that we have the Truth, but what is hard is being faithful with the Truth! What’s lacking with us?

Pray!We hear of other beliefs that we would label pagan and not of God, but those followers of false gods will be devout and pray 3 to 5 times every day! They’ll stop what they’re doing and make their time in prayer an important time of their day and life. But for many a Christian, he will not even have a daily, secret place of prayer and quiet time with the True God and Saviour. Again I must ask: WHAT’S LACKING WITH US?

It just might be that we really don’t see why God calls us to the closet! Other beliefs are devout in communing with their gods…but why does the Only True and Living God call us to a secret place of prayer daily?

I. Because that’s where we’ll have His Presence!

 

How many times in verse 6 alone is “thy Father” mentioned? It’s repeated twice by Jesus, so it must be important for us to know!

You’re prayer closet ought never to be dark…because the Light of His Presence should shine forth!

You’re approach into your prayer closet ought never to be dull…because every petition and every praise will be from a child unto the Father!

Your attitude must be “I must meet my Father”! This ought to be our daily desire!

WHY does God call us to the closet?

 

II. Because that’s where we’ll have our Privacy!

 

vs6 – “…and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret

 

God is One who hides Himself from the carnal eye, and He calls us to a “separation” from the world and from all the things going on around us so we can have that 1-on-1 time with Him! Just think about THAT…alone with God…why don’t we, or why wouldn’t we, take advantage of that?

 

WHY does God call us to a secret place of prayer daily?

 

 III. Because that’s where we’ll find our Prosperity!

 

vs6 – “…and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly

 

 James says, “Ye have not because ye ask not”! Why don’t we see the Mighty Hand of God move in magnificent ways? Our closets are empty therefore making our lives and service empty! Remember in Hebrews 11:6, “…and He is a rewarder of them that diligently…” We can have prosperity in God’s Will from the prayer closet because we’re trusting and giving over all our needs to the great love and power of our Heavenly Father!

 

Do YOU have a secret place of prayer? Do you have a daily quiet time alone with God? Go to God in Prayer and ThankfulnessWhy wouldn’t we when in “the closet” we will find God’s Presence, a “1-on-1” Private time alone with Him, and true prosperity in His Will?

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12 Responses to “That Secret Place of Prayer”

  1. Sonya said

    Thank you for the exhortation to prayer and encouragement through your post.

  2. Bro. Szekely said

    You’re welcome, Sonya…Lord bless!

  3. Pastor Daniel Egede said

    Your teaching about prayer is very powerful.And I am very blessed.
    From Pastor Daniel Egede.
    Accra Ghana West Africa.

  4. Bro. Szekely said

    Thank you, Pastor, for letting me know that. It blesses me to know that what’s been written may be a help to you.

    I’d love to hear more about the ministry God has you in. Keep on keepin’ on, and Lord bless!

  5. Jo Sock said

    Prayer is our only resource to have the power of God! You are right, we must have a quiet time, it is so vital. Thank you for teaching me and for reminding me that I have failed in praying as I should. We should have rituals too, like religious people of the world.

  6. Bro. Szekely said

    Thank you for your comments, Jo! It’s great to hear from you, and I’m lifting you up in prayer today.

    Lord bless!

  7. God bless you so much ihave visited your web and please,greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus, Am Pastoring Gospel center church in Rwanda we have seen the grace of God ever since the 1994 genocide which left our country in total division, Am greatfull to get your website, and iwould love to take this opportunity to invite you in Rwanda Africa as we can organise for you, Leader`s meetings and also ministering in different churches and in Universities here in Rwanda AFRICA.
    Pastor Moise Bukenya
    http://www.rwandagospelcenter

  8. Bro. Szekely said

    Thank you, Pastor, for your comments and for clicking in to my blog! If the Lord ever would, I would be honored to travel to your country for to be a blessing and help and to preach the precious Truth of God’s Word.

    My stipulation for to ever come would be that we were of like mind and practice. I looked on your website and I couldn’t find stated what you believe or what convictions hold you. Did I miss it on your website?

    Lord bless!

  9. Courtney said

    Once again, you have upheld truth without being ashamed. God has opened the door for me to talk to quite a few women on the subject of prayer. I have been saddened that the prevailing belief is that they can just pray in their head while going about their daily business. I find this contradictory to what the Bible teaches. Certainly I believe we can talk to God at anytime and anywhere, but I do believe in a time and place set aside daily to get alone with the Lord. In the Lord’s prayer, where it is stated, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” is a powerful incentive to me to pray. To me, it says that we establish His will that is in heaven, here on earth, by our prayers. My prayers effect change here on earth by asking that God intervene and set up His kingdom here on earth. I really love that and could talk about prayer all day long! I have been long winded, but thank you for such a wonderful post on this all important topic of prayer.

    Courtney

  10. Bro. Szekely said

    Thanks for your comments, Courteny!

    You’re not long-winded! Keep on talking about prayer; keep on visiting with those women about prayer; Keep on reading about prayer; Keep on thinking about prayer; and keep on PRAYING!!! I’m so thankful to God for giving us this communication with Him…and we should have that daily and specific “quiet-time” alone in prayer with our Lord.

    Someone once said that prayer isn’t for getting man’s will done in Heaven, but it’s for getting God’s will done on earth. Oh, how I can see that! I’m thankful when God answers my prayers with a “yes”, but I must be just as thankful when God answers my prayers with a “no” or “not right now”. I praise God for prayer because I believe He uses prayer to bring my will in line with His will.

    What I’ve just written may not have much to do about the post, but this is what’s been on my heart lately on prayer. Just think, God has given us access to His Throne where we can boldly come in time of need – through prayer. Oh to be in His Presence!

    “Prayer will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from prayer”

    Thanks again for reading and commenting, Courtney! May we be prayer-warriors for God, no matter if no one ever knows or writes a book about us…as long as God knows!

    Lord bless!

  11. Courtney said

    Well, I did keep on talking about it. I made a rather long post on my prayer life at my blog today. Lately, it just seems God is impressing it on my heart more and more. His people need to begin to pray as they have never prayed before.

  12. lbcpastor said

    Amen, Courtney…God’s people need to ask, seek, and knock now more than ever before.

    Thanks for your comments, and I’m going to click on over to your blog to check out what you’ve written on your prayer life.

    Keep on keepin’ on, and Lord bless!

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