“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).

The power to maintain our relationship with God all day will depend on the intensity with which we seek to secure it in our prayer time. Our Lord teaches us that this is the secret of private prayer: close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. The first objective is that you have the Father’s attention and presence. Know that He sees you and hears you.

What a difference it would make if everything in our prayer life were subject to this one goal: I want to walk with God through the day. What strength would be imparted by the awareness that God has taken charge and He is going with me; I am going to do His will all day in His strength; I am ready for all that might come. What purpose would fill our life if secret prayer were not only asking for comfort or light or strength but also the surrendering of our life into the safekeeping of our Almighty and faithful God. When secret fellowship with the Father is maintained, our public life before others will manifest the reward. The Father, who sees in secret, takes charge and rewards us openly. Separation from others, in solitude with God, is the only sure way to associate with others in the power of God’s blessing.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray