The first advice, Jesus gave “When you pray,Go into your secret closet”. I just want to pause there…..Why should I go into the Secret Closet?…. Hey wait……………………………………………..
What is a secret? One that you only know with no one else knowing.
I m wondering of the divine intent behind this advice…. Do you wonder why? Lets think…
When I seriously thought, I find ‘What I do in the secret’ must the true being of me.First and foremost, before prayer, God seeks truth in the prayer I make. He doesnt want what I want to be asked in front of other people. Because, I might be trying to impress or trying to show my knowledge and godliness to others. But He wants my true being to talk to Him. What I pray,it should come from my true being, without any manipulation and contrivations and motivations other than communicating with the Father in Heaven.
Many times, People can feign Godliness on the outside. But God is not impressed by it. He goes to their secret place, What He finds there ,is the truth of their character.
Imagine, I come to fellowship pray and share encouraging scriptures have wonderful time, then I go to my room. Lock the door. There me all by myself. What do I do there all alone?…….That shows God what I am. That shows my motives. If I do pray very concernedly for someone who is having a problem in their lifewithout them knowing, without any desire for appreciation or acknowledgement. That is purity in motives! That is prayer!
Many people pray infront of people for them, but in their mind they just do it out of necessity or out of duty. Their heart is switched off. Its routine act in display there. Its not genuine. We could pray for some people and in our minds n hearts couldnt even feel a thing of what they are going through. Do you think God will be impressed by that prayer?
Jesus way of seeing us is totally different from what we christians see, He sees the motive behind it. Not the outer act, the underlying motive.
I think, What I do in the secret shows the underlying motive.
When we give alms, Jesus tells dont let the left hand know what your left hand does. Then Jesus says, The Father will see what you do in secret and reward you openly.
I find many scripture where Jesus says, What do you do in secret as the test of our purity in motives. This thought really shows how short I fall to God’s standard. It shows exactly what I am in my heart.
O God, When I spend time with you in prayer. Make my motives pure and my intentions divine, Yes, I drastically fall short of your standard. Let my secret closets be washed and purified. Let You become the Lord of my secret closet too! Amen
Principle: What you do in secret, will be rewarded openly