Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Why is it so difficult to have quiet moments? I find it very easy to either become lazy in these times, or go crazy in them. My natural instinct is to be bothered by the fact that i am not “busy” and try to find something to do. Or, I take the time and waste it by watching tv or spending time on social media. I am not saying that these things are always bad, but the amount and intention surely can be.
As I reflect on Mathew 6:6 I think about how this person is very active in resting. I would like to break down this verse today.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door | The two words that really stick out to me are go and shut. When we are going to commune with the Lord, we are answering His call. He is always there for us and so we need to go and respond to His call to come away and draw near to Him. (James 4:8) The next word shut is equally important because we need to isolate ourselves from the world. This means we need to get alone with God away from our families, friends, cell phones, technology, etc. This is how we will hear from the Lord.
to your Father who is in secret. | Meeting with God is a very intimate thing. The truth is that He sees and knows all of you and it is in the secret that He is refining you and loving you in a new way. May we not be afraid of intimacy with the one that created it to be good.
And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” | Lastly, the time spent in quiet alone with God is a blessing to our lives. It is easy for us to feel like sitting still is a waste of our time, but it is where we grow, are strengthened, and are ready for our day. We end up being rewarded with answered prayers, closeness to God, peaceful moments, and a better awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
My challenge for all of us, is to learn the discipline to go, shut, be in secret, and accept the reward.