Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Prayer in Secret
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
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.
But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
Prayer in Secret
God is a personal God; He cherishes those times His children spend alone with Him. It is in those secret times that He fellowships with them and fills their lives with His peace and hope for the future. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
Daniel spent much time in prayer to God; the Bible tells us that three times a day he went up into his room to pray. Even though he was in a prominent position in the government, he knew that his success depended upon God alone. We have lost that understanding today in this self-help society. The truth, however, has not changed since the time of Daniel; only in God do we accomplish the great things and the simple things in this life.
It was very common for the Pharisees of Jesus' day to stand out in the open and pray loudly so that everyone could see how Godly they were. Jesus rebuked them for such a public display in seeking the praise of man instead of the praise of God. Instead Jesus told us to pray in secret; then God would reward us openly. He is not telling us to pray so that we can be rewarded, but rather to pray to Him alone so that we may have our own personal prayer time with God.
In the book of Acts, Peter understood the concept of praying alone to God. When Tabitha had died, he first sent everyone out of the room before praying. Even in coming to a new city, he went up on a housetop to be alone with God.
Our prayer in secret with God is one of the most precious gifts that God has given to us. Imagine, God who created the world and rules it with a mighty hand still desires to spend time alone with each one of His children. How many presidents or rulers do you know who spend time alone with each of their citizens every day!
Go to Christ; spend time alone with Him each day. Enjoy those precious times alone with God bringing your joys, sorrows, and tears to Him.
Wait on the LORD;Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! Psalm 27:14
God Bless You,