by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Some of us may have difficulty relating to the idea of praying to be seen or heard. In fact, we are far more likely to freeze up at the thought of praying aloud in public.
In Jesus’ day, as in ours, there are those who enjoy waxing eloquently in public prayer. Jesus’ admonition to all of us is to pray anonymously, that is, pray quietly and secretly. No one needs to know. The significant thing is that we do pray. Jesus’ words were “when you pray,” not “if you pray.” He also says that His Father hears your prayer and rewards you. It would seem that the Father is most interested in a quiet, heart-to-heart conversation with you.
A closet is a quiet, out-of-the-way place, where there are few distractions, plus, it is unlikely anyone while find you there! You can stay focused both to pray and to listen. If you are not in the habit, why not make “closet prayer” a daily practice, starting today.