Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”
In part one of Secret Blessing Revealed, Jesus emphasized that one that gave in secret would be blessed openly. Now He shifts to speaking about secret prayer. Jesus assumes that His disciples would be men given to prayer, but He forbids the prayers of “hypocrites” which means to be an “actor,” placing a mask on one’s face in front of people but taking that mask off behind the scenes. In Jewish life, prayer had a prominent place that led to countless rabbinic decisions. Jesus is not forbidding public prayer, but rather he stresses the attitude in prayer, and true character is what you are in the dark when no one is looking. Jesus therefore gives us instruction of having our secret prayers from our prayer closet manifest in the blessings that God would reward us on.
1. Practice your prayer life. Jesus assumes, and rightfully so, that His children would speak to Him. If Christians are followers of Christ, how can one follow if one fails to communicate with the One they are following? Although prayer is assumed here, how many Christians are consistent in prayer other then saying grace at a meal, or a quick bedtime prayer? Do you have daily time when you talk with your Savior and He speaks with you? Jesus spent hours in prayer and seconds performing miracles. His disciples saw this time and time again, but instead of asking Him, “teach us how to do miracles,” they asked Him, “Lord, teach us how to pray.” The one, prayer, affected then other, performing miracles. Hours in prayer equaled seconds performing miracles!
2. Create a meeting place. In the life of Jesus, he regularly would separate himself from others, even His twelve at times, to seek a place of prayer where He could commune with His Father. Jesus would wake up early in the morning before anyone else and would find refuge in His prayer time. Jesus would find a place where he was not distracted, nor could not be disturbed in prayer. Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head,” yet despite being without a home, he always managed to find a place to pray. Do you have a place where you meet with God? Do you go there often? Is that place a priority?
3. Pray in private then in public. Again Jesus is not forbidding public prayer, but if one prays more in public, Jesus says that one seeks the praise of men over the praise of God. Go into your room (your place of private prayer), close the door (to keep free distractions), placing yourself on “lockdown” whereby you know that it is time to meet with God and no one or nothing else matters at that time. This is the most important time in your day! When you pray in private watch how God uses you then to pray in public, and how He can speak through you on behalf of others, because you are already doing that in private.
4. The Father, rewards secret prayer. Remember that you are communing with your Heavenly Father, and He will make His children shine like Job, Daniel and his friends, etc…. Send your prayers up, and watch the blessings come down. Practice your prayer life, in a private meeting place with the Father who rewards your secret prayer.
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil