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SECRET PRAYER

1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.

How blessed we are to have prayer as a part of Kingdom living. Moses gave no command or regulation when it came to prayer and the Prophets said little about it. But Jesus having opened for us a new and living way, it is imperative that we have a secret place to meet with Him in prayer, where we can be taught. The "inner chamber" is that place. Therefore, that place can be anywhere and is not bound by time, circumstance, or surroundings.

Pray to your Father, Your Father will reward you, Your Father knows, these were the very words of Jesus as He addressed the subject of prayer in the Sermon On The Mount. The fist thing in closet praying is to meet the Father. Each word that we breath out should be based on a simple childlike dependency and trust in Father. Do we have a proper understanding of what the Father like? This is what Jesus would reveal to us in prayer.

Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Lam 3:21-26 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

As we pray the Son brings us into the Father's presence. Entire separation for all that would distract us is the reason for closet praying. "The secrecy of the inner chamber, the entire separation from everything around us, is an image of the inner spiritual sanctuary.
"If we are taken up with our own thoughts and desires in prayer we will never meet the Unseen One. That is why we are instructed to hope and quietly wait before the Lord. In secret, it is here that the Father waits for us, and it is there we will find Him.

Our first thoughts in prayer must be that our Father is already waiting for us in secret.
Isa 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Jer 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Yes we may enter our prayer chamber boldly and confidently, looking intently and expectantly into the Father's face, knowing He will receive us. Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. Yes we can come before our Father and

How wonderful it is for us to be able to call the Creator of this world, Father! Yes even when we have sinned, the Father waits with loving arms to both pardon and receive us.
Hosea 14:2,4 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

Secret prayer will not go unnoticed by the Father. This kind of prayer comes with a promise, God will bless us openly. Do you have this kind of confidence? All God asks for is childlike faith that is totally dependent on Him. A lack of confidence can only mean that we have not quietly waited before the Father. 1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. Isa 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

We do not need to twist God's arm in prayer, He knows what we have need of. This is really a testimony to the intimate love that the Father has for us, that He God would know us so well as to be familiar with what concerns us. Ps 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Our Father sees. Our Father hears. Our Father knows. Ex 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people, and have heard their cry, for I know their sorrows.

This devotion is partly credited to Andrews Murrays Book
With Christ In The School Of Prayer.

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