October 18 - In Secret.
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
We can only be noticeable Christians if we spend time with our Saviour in secret. Getting alone with God is not limited to a specific place or time. Our closet can be anywhere and anytime we set aside to come before His presence.
In His presence we must humble ourselves before Him and examine our hearts of any sin in our lives. Then, we can commune with Him.
To pray in secret, we must take the time to set ourselves apart. He meets with us where two or three are gathered, but oh the sweetness of a one on one meeting with the Father. Our time with Him is to be in secret. When we pray so that others may hear us, we have received our reward by their consideration. To boast of the time spent or matter discussed is allowing pride to steal our reward.
The best answers to prayer are those that no one but Him knew you asked. He cares for the little minute details of our lives just as much as the big monumental moments.
We are left with many examples of those that prayed in secret, and God’s blessings upon their life because of their devotion to Him.
Jacob prayed in secret. Genesis 32:24-29
Elisha prayed in secret. 2 Kings 4:33
Peter prayed in secret. Acts 10:9
Cornelius prayed in secret. Acts 10:30
Jesus prayed in secret. Matthew 14:23; 26:36-39
George Mueller is known for his faith and his prayer life. He built many orphanages with little to no resources. He acknowledged that it was not his power that built them, but the power of the Almighty God in which he served. Mueller prayed for everything he needed. When the groceries ran out and there was no money to buy more, instead of asking for help from those in his community…he prayed. He never let the needs of his ministry known to anyone except God in prayer. In his journals he recorded over fifty thousand specific answers to prayer throughout the years of his ministry. This man was full of faith and devout in his time of prayer. If God can openly reward Mueller’s faith that was prayed in secret, He can do the same for us! We serve the same God that he did…and He never changes. What God did for George Mueller, He wants to do for us…if only we will have faith and ask Him in secret.
Shut the door to your surroundings today, and enter into His presence. What He sees in secret He promises to reward us openly.
Jeremiah 9-10 | John 15 | Psalm 80
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