In the past six months I have greatly increased by devotional life (time spent in prayer and reading scripture). I am not only spending more time in prayer and study, but I am doing it more consistently. Last week I started a book that is reminding me of some truths I haven’t thought about in a little while.
The book is “Secrets of the Secret Place” by Bob Sorge. Often growing up and throughout my life I have referred to my prayer time as going into the secret place, but I hadn’t thought about that frame of reference in quite a while.
Matthew 6:6 (NKJV) 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
It really is quite amazing to think about. Not only has God provided me with salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, but He actively wants to have a relationship with me! I can have a private and personal relationship with the God who created all that is known and not yet known with His very breath.
Like many of you, I don’t see myself as anything special. Certainly I would not think myself worthy of time with Kings or Presidents, yet my God who is the King of all Kings wants to meet me in the secret place.
In fact He is already there waiting! That’s what the scripture says. My Father is in the secret place! All I have to do is go to my room, shut the door and pray.
This is something all of us should place great value on. Our time with our Heavenly Father should be the highlight of our day! We should look forward to spending time with Jesus, but all too often our prayer life becomes an after thought. Sure we will open up the Bible if we have a little time left after doing all the other things that desperately demand our attention. We have it backwards.
I believe there is great importance in starting our day in the secret place. Starting the day by asking God His plan for our day. Spending time pouring our love on Jesus. Reading His words and asking Him to speak to us. Friend, none of the countless other things demanding your time are as important as your Father who is waiting in the secret place.
I don’t say any of these things to guilt you, or make you regret time you’ve missed. I don’t believe that God is an angry God waiting to get you alone so He can yell at you for not spending more time with Him. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of regret. Just go home, shut the door and enter into a special moment with your Father.
One last thing that sticks out to me in that scripture is the phrase “shut the door.” This could mean different things to different people in different situations. I feel the root meaning is to get away from distractions. Today that might mean turning off your phone. If you’re like me and use your phone as a part of your devotional life that can be difficult. Find the do not disturb mode. Find the silent button and use it!
Nothing that can appear on your screen is more important that the work God is doing in your life. We will talk a little bit more about our phones tomorrow. For today take courage in knowing God is waiting for you in the secret place.
Don’t keep Him waiting.