The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 NIV
The second pillar discussed in Matthew 6, to which “Your Father who sees in secret will reward you” is prayer. There is so much to be said about prayer, and so much has been said. But let us focus again on His view of our posture and the importance of the “hidden things”, the “inward nature” and “character”. What does our character have to do with our prayer? Everything! Our heart determines our motive, dictates our behavior and defines our character. Since prayer is so important to Father Yahweh, He lets us know that not all prayer is acceptable to Him. This is the chapter where Yeshua teaches the disciples “how to pray”.
“Go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father“
There is no doubt a literal meaning to this this statement (Matthew 6:6 NIV), and I believe there is a figurative meaning as well. The word “room” translates to synonyms such as – chamber, closet and storeroom. There is a time for public prayer, but even public prayers should be done without the motive of being “seen (acknowledged and admired) by others”. This lesson is well received, and speaks always to the heart of the believer. So to take it a step further, even the closeted prayer needs to be honest and with the right motives. What we pray for in secret must always be for His honor, and His praise. No matter how personal the request and how deep the desire, may we pray that Yahweh be magnified.
If we truly want to experience Yahweh’s transformation in our lives, in His Body (in our churches) and in our world, let us go into our prayer closets with unlocked hearts, ready be purified and pulled deeper into His secret place (Psalm 91:1). Here, we are only aware of the Omni-Present Father, listening and responding to a true and open heart.
The greatest reward for prayer is an intimate relationship with Yahweh Almighty. What fellowship and joy to find the heart of our Father and to discover His will, and in turn releasing prayers that are according to His purpose. He will certainly answer. May your prayer closet become a storeroom where His treasures abound.
Read: Matthew 6, James 5:13-20, Jeremiah 33:3, Psalm 91
Write: What does “enter your closet, close your door and pray to your Father” mean to you personally? What does it mean to the Body of Messiah? Write how you will apply the principle of open heart in your closet during this time of prayer.
Pray: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication