THAT SECRET PLACE
Friday, June 02, 2017
  2 Chronicles 17-18 | John 13:1-20

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” —Matthew 6:6

The most important part of the Christian life is the sustaining of our communion with God. Prayer brings knowledge of Him and from Him. It conveys our worship, praise and love for God as well as God’s reception to us with all He pours into our lives. What Jesus does in the Sermon on the Mount is strip us of every means of dependency outside of Himself. That is why He tells us to go into our room and close the door; go to that secret place alone with God.

If our Christian lives are purely about being good people and doing the right things, we will have little to say because there is no relationship with God. There is no depth of our hearts that is shared with Him, yet it is from this spiritual place everything else in our lives emanates. God’s concern is about the internal working—that secret place of our lives where He

can meet with us.

Theologian and author Henri Nouwen writes this: “Prayer is no easy matter. It demands a relationship in which you allow the other to enter into the very center of your person. You allow Him to speak there, to touch the sensitive core of your being and allow Him to see so much that you would rather leave in darkness, to let Him into that place where your life gets its form. And that is dangerous to us and it usually calls for defence.”

Some of us are frightened of this sense of intimacy with God and will keep things buried inside as a protection or defence mechanism. When God wants to go deeper and deal with the strongholds in our lives, the best defence against that is not to pray, but nothing is hidden from God. The one place we can be absolutely disarmingly honest is alone with God. He will not be shocked by what we disclose and it will not be out of His depth.

Jesus gives us an invitation to a secret place alone with God. It may not be a literal room with a door we close, but it will be a place in our hearts reserved for Him. All the external work we engage in will be robbed of its power if we do not have that secret place where we commune with God. This is where our hearts are most earnest and genuine, which is what opens the door for deeper fellowship with God and paves the way for His working in our lives. Effective Christian living depends on intimate union, derived from that secret place within our hearts of which we can say, “Only God and I hold the key.”

PRAYER: Thank You, God, for the privilege of having access to You through Jesus Christ. Thank You for always being available to us, and for that secret place with You I cherish. Amen.


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