Between Shut Doors

“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...” Matthew 6:6a

“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…” Matthew 6:6a

Shut doors… Secret place… Jesus makes talking with the Father sound so intimate. He should know. Getting off alone to be with His Father was something He did regularly. Luke 9:18, 22:39, John 7:53-8:2.

How about you? How often do you have a quiet time? Can you say you’ve had one more than 10 days in a row? More than 100?

If you answered “no” to both those questions, you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, in a meeting of over one hundred missionaries, only half could raise their hands to the first number, and only one to the second.

Why is it so hard to spend time with the One we love, the One who created us to enjoy Him? The One whom all this is for?

need Him. Not just for a few minutes here and there when I have time to talk with Him. But every moment. All the time.

I can’t live without His Spirit empowering me to do what I could never do alone.

“…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (6:6b)

How? With a great position? A pat on the back from others? Maybe. Maybe not. We may even receive the opposite of man’s favor when we walk close with God. Matthew 10:24-28, 2 Timothy 3:12.

But when we choose to draw near, He will most definitely reward us with more of Himself. James 4:8a, Genesis 15:1, Isaiah 58:8-9, Daniel 12:3. And that is what we were created for. The joy of intimacy.

In fact, if we walk close to the Lord, not just in our quiet times but in all the inbetween times—listening to His voice and surrendering to His lead in every thought, decision and action—then even when others around us refuse to listen to Him, we ourselves are changed and renewed. Romans 12, Luke 6:47-48, 2 Corinthians 4:6-18. Joy, peace, love that overcomes, His presence with us every moment. Romans 8:37-39, Galatians 5:22-23. Those are the true rewards of walking in His Spirit.

Jesus has opened a door before you of continuous intimacy with Him and doing only what the Father is doing, if you choose to close the earthly doors that keep you too busy, and then join Him both in the Secret Place and beyond. John 5:19, Revelation 3:7-10, 21.

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night…” Psalm 63:6 (NIV)

Then each went to his own home. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives (to pray through the night). At dawn He appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around Him and He sat down to teach them…”  John 7:53-8:2 (NIV)

 “These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name… Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” Revelation 3:21 (NIV)


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