When You Pray
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)
Just before Jesus made these statements, He had talked about the hypocrites, who love to stand in public to pray to have their voices heard for the purpose of having people believe that they are very spiritual people, or that they have a direct line to God that others do not have. No matter the rationale for the folk who Jesus referred to as hypocrites, what makes them a hypocrite is their motive in praying, not the prayers themselves. Motive is what is on the inside of a person, and only that person and God truly knows the motives of men. God knows the hearts of men, their thoughts, their personal pride, and their rationale for doing what they do.
Because Jesus knew their hearts, He was not only teaching us about the fruit of those who do spiritual things in public for personal glory, He was teaching us the reasons for prayer as well as the mode of prayer.
By Jesus’ own words here, He is teaching us that prayer is having a personal private relationship with the Father, first and foremost. Prayer is honoring our Father with relationship time, speaking with Him in reverence, getting to know Him more completely and us listening to Him more intently. Prayer is loving Him and loving to be with Him privately and personally. Prayer is breathing His Spirit in and breathing His Spirit out.
Honoring our Father in secret where no one knows is only between Him and you. In that, He is able to grow in you and you grow in Him. When you walk outside and others see you again, they see and hear the Spirit of the One who is your Father. There is reward in humility and obedience. That was Jesus’ example that He set for us to walk in. Take the time to pray as He has taught us to pray…be in Him and that is reward enough, that your name is recorded in heaven.