“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).”

We shut our door when we wish to be alone. We shut our door when we have some special work to do that must be done today. Jesus means that just as you do everyday in your household and business life, so do in your spiritual life. Set aside times for prayer. He says, “When you have real business on hand with heaven, when the concerns of another life and another world are pressing you hard, then set about the things of God in a serious and resolved manner. It is not that God is more present behind our closed door. God is wherever we are. The difference lies in us. We all feel it the instant we shut the door .and go to our knees. In that instant we are already new creatures. We feel that this is our proper and true and best place. We say, “This is the house of God: This is the gate of heaven.” And if you keep your door shut and give things time to work, very soon your Father and you will be the whole world to each other. If you pursue that, it you lay out your life to be a person of prayer, you will make continual discoveries of practices and experiences of secret devotion such as will carry you up to heights of heavenly-mindedness that at one time would have been unbelievable to you. You will find your heart being impressed with the being, the grandeur, the grace, the condescension, the nearness and then the inwardness of God. You will sweep through heaven ad earth seeking God, seeing God and finding Him in all his works. You will see Jesus and speak with Him with an intimacy and confidence not second to that of the first disciples. You will positively people your place of prayer with Jesus and His Father, and out of your place of prayer you will people your whole life, public and private, with the light of God’s countenance.

Adapted from “In His Presence”