When you pray
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him (Matthew 6:6-8 KJV).
We do not read, “if you pray,” we read “when you pray.” This is the life flow of a truly transformed individual, One who has been forever translated from darkness to. His marvelous light. It is the very breath of that individual who has “put on the new nature” by being born of the Spirit.
Many there are who call themselves Christian but who do not look, talk, nor live any differently than they did when they “said the sinners prayer.” Their desire to spend time with the “lover of their soul” is missing the passion of a heart set on fire with the love of God. Something is definitely missing in the relationship.
Intimacy is meant to be shared in private, not in public view. The call to prayer is a call into the secret place to share what only those in the covenant may share with one another. Our God has called to His beloved to set aside the world and all of its demands to spend some quality time with Him.
He asks that we take off our religious garments and come to Him in transparent fashion so that nothing separates the One from the other. It is not about incessant speaking, but intimate communication that touches the heart in a manner that is similar to the bow of a violin in the hand of the Master.
With such times of prayer there comes a promise of open reward:
. . . [He] is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
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