Day 20: Pray in Secret
Please take time to read the Bible verses for today.
Matthew 6: 5-15
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."
I was raised Catholic and we so didn't pray out loud, but we did go to church every Sunday. My family would arrive early for service, march in, all eight of us, and my father would take the second, if not the first pew. We were seen. We didn't pray out loud. We didn't make a scene. But we were there in the same spot every week. I cannot judge the motive of my father's heart, but I dare say, if we every missed a mass, people would ask us the next week where we were. I do believe my father loved God, but I will also say there was some hypocrisy going on.
For all the times I sat in mass, for all the years I listened to homilies, I can remember only one time where I felt the Lord tug at my heart. We were singing, "Be Not Afraid." I listened to the words and felt like God was really talking to me.
I love church now, (as a born-again, Spirit-filled, believer) and I love the Body of Christ, but there is something very perfect about being alone with God in my own room. "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen." I love the stillness. I love reading the Bible and hearing Him speak to me. I love the little 'tap on the shoulder' reminder of past hurt or sin that the Lord wants me to deal with. I am in a safe place and He can bring the healing I need.
"The Our Father" prayer is a part of today's reading.