I was a young adult when I gave my life to Christ and began attending church faithfully. Our Sunday morning public worship service began with a couple of deacons who lead us into the worship experience by singing several hymns followed by one of the deacons kneeling and praying.
Some of the deacons were dynamic and stirring when they prayed. Others you could hardly hear what they were saying to God. We all loved to be lead into worship by a deacon who was passionate in prayer. Sometimes, after service we would talk about what a powerful prayer a particular deacon offered up.
Though we were impressed by deacons who could pray that way, it’s not what impresses God in the area of prayer. What impresses Him is our commitment to prayer in secret when we don’t have a public audience. Jesus modeled this truth during His public ministry. At times, He prayed all night to God in a solitary place, and God used Him mightily in public.
If you want to be blessed openly and used publicly by God, you must be faithful to pray in secret to Him. So Jesus says “When you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
What is your commitment to prayer in secret to God?
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