‘But when you pray, go into your room . . .’ Matthew 6.6
The point Jesus is making is that prayer is something private between you and God. Before he spoke these words, he had issued a warning about people who loved to stand in public places and pray loudly and expansively.
There is something very exciting in what Jesus tells us to do. Prayer is about going into our room to meet with God, and if we can catch this excitement and expectation as we begin to pray, then it will change our attitude to what is about to happen. Too often we think of prayer as us saying similar things to God as we said yesterday, but Jesus wants us to catch the reality that prayer is about having an encounter with the living God. This is why we are going into our room – to meet with God.
To go into your room is also about going somewhere private and personal. This meeting with the living God is something that he longs for and he wants you to be real with him, not simply the person you think you ought to be. Just be yourself, warts and all!
Going into your room to meet with him is such a personal invitation, and perhaps the best bit of all is that he will be there waiting for you.
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