“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” (Matthew 6:6).
In His ministry Jesus mentioned the prayer “closet” (Matthew 6:6 KJV) or “a secret place.” The word rendered “closet” signified originally a storeroom and has the same root word as the word “to cut” or “divide.” It may have referred to a sectioning-off of a corner of the large room in which the family lived. In that private place supplies were kept for the needs of the family. While this word eventually came to be used for any place of privacy, the “supply room” would also speak to the storehouse of God’s resources available to us through personal prayer.
For Jesus the place was not as important as the purpose, namely to get away from the routine and the interruptions and spend time alone with the Father. There are no sacred places, just places that become sacred because of what happens there between a person and God. It will be of great benefit to you if you can designate a location for personal prayer. If you are not able to do this, then, like Jesus, you should seek some temporary, “solitary place.”
Father, Your Son found many solitary places in which to pray as He traveled throughout the land. He never put off that which was most important to His life – connecting with Your life! Thank You for teaching me that sacred space can be wherever I find myself alone with You, and whether it is a “closet” a chair or a hotel room when I travel, You are always ready to meet with me in private! Teach me to be committed to our time together, no matter where I am.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 25, Disciplines of Personal Prayer by Dan R. Crawford). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God as the all-knowing one. Thank God for caring enough for you to teach you his ways and warn you when you stray. Confess times of willful ignorance of his ways. Commit to listening and following God’s directions. Ask him to provide faithful teachers and examples for you.
Pray that you will be diligent in teaching those under your care. Ask God to help you be an excellent model for your children (or for the children of your friends).