“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” ~ Matthew 6:6 (NIV)
When I was a child, my father once told my siblings and I to go to a closet alone and just talk to God. He referred to this verse and its importance on intimate time with God. Having privacy was hard back then especially when there were six of us living in a two bedroom apartment. However, as I got older, I didn’t realize it would have such a significant impact in my life. I especially found this quiet time with God necessary as I was going through high school. Being a teenager, I had often times put walls around me. I didn’t have very close friends at that age whom I’d share my struggles with. My parents were also quite busy at that time. It was then that, during many nights, I’d go into my closet and dwell into privacy with God.
God is our ultimate healer and listener. We can spend a lot of time talking to pastors, friends, parents, siblings, any strong Christian in our life and share to them anything that needs to be shared. But it is God who is above all. Even so, many of us struggle with sharing and/or tend to keep a lot of burdens and battles inside of us. Yet, when it is only you and God in a room, there is absolutely nothing that should be holding you back. To have such intimacy with God is a beautiful thing.
Why be in a closet? Having privacy with God doesn’t always mean being in a dark closet, but it does require one’s undivided attention. There should be no distractions. I can understand that in today’s society, technology is often used. However, even if one’s Bible is in an iPhone or a tablet, there should be no other distractions. God just wants our presence whether we have a Bible in our hands or not. God is always willing to give His all to be with us. He can let go of any distraction easily. But we, on the other hand, cannot.
There are times when there is nothing to be said during our private times with God. Sometimes, I just cry. Yet, Psalm 139:1-4 says, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (NIV). There is nothing we can hide so we might as well share them to Him. Moreover, when we can, God does want to hear what is on our hearts, not always thinking it.
To be honest, we ask a lot more from God than God asks from us. We should at least prepare and plan some intimate moments with God. Even if one might struggle with ADHD, for example, once God has gotten our attention, our focus becomes only on Him. We should not worry about anything else.
I encourage you today to close yourself from the world and be in complete and total privacy with Him. It does not mean we should sit in silence every quiet time we have with God. There are many ways to have a private time with Him.
How do you spend your private time with the Lord? Hope everyone has a great weekend ❤