Matthew 6:6 “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.”
Prayer is one of the most important gifts given to God’s children and one of the first forsaken.
The importance of prayer cannot be stressed enough. We are told by Jesus it is not something to be done before men, but in secret with the Father alone. Many shrink from personal prayer out of fear or ignorance. Yet, it is near and dear to the Fathers heart.
Often, it is because our prayers are unfruitful. Yet, we have such great promise!
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Our prayer must be an expression of our faith.
Matthew 21:21-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Success receiving answers to prayer will breed confidence to pray more fervently for those things we know are His will. Is it no wonder that when we bow to pray, there is a rise of distractions both inwardly and outward that keep us from being wholly and totally engaged?
Jesus wanted to stress that sequestering ourselves to a closet or closed space would limit those things that would distract us.
Technology today has so many ways to capture our attention. Pop-ups, notifications, alarms, and so much more clamor for our attention. We must close off the avenues so that we can devote our full attention to God.
In his book, “The Path of Prayer,” Samuel Chadwick says that it takes a great deal of energy to apply the focus needed for effectual and fervent prayer.
“Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.”
It is the church that must turn its eyes to the importance of prayer. Yet, we see that the least attended meeting in the church is the prayer meeting. Samuel Chadwick said:
“Prayer-meetings have died out because men did not believe in the Holy Ghost. The liberty of prophesying has gone because men believe in investigation and not in inspiration.”
Leonard Ravenhill, an old-time evangelist, said:
“The secret of praying is praying in secret.”
He also said:
“Prayer in its highest form is agonizing soul sweat.”
We must be willing to bare our souls before our Heavenly Father in humility, transparency, honesty, and vulnerability. It is two-way communication, not a reading of our laundry list to Him.
Far too many leave prayer long before they have given the Father time to respond. Using prayer as a tool to direct the hand of God, why do we pray without checking what we are praying is biblical and within the will of God?
If what we pray for is the promise of God, we can truly come boldly as we are commanded.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Notice the writer of Hebrews tells us, “…find grace to help in time of need.” TO help, not FOR help. It is significant because so often, we come with our needs and fail to pray for the needs of others.
The act of separating ourselves unto prayer in a place devoid of distractions is vital to having an effective prayer life. It is in our prayer closet that we find and feel the presence of God.
We may sense His presence corporately in a church setting, but it is in the quiet of our prayer closet that we can come into His presence personally and intimately.
Whatever you may do today to pray, we can always do more. We must seek to be more quiet, secluded, transparent, honest, and vulnerable. I know that when you come into the presence of God on that level, prayer is never the same.
I pray that we seek the Father on a personal level in our prayer closet so that the fruit of it is seen by all who view us when we are out.