The Truth Revealed
“But when you pray, go into your closet, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” Matthew 6:6 KJV
As I was putting the last can of soup in my newly organized pantry, I wondered if this was what God intended when He said “go to your closet and pray.” I doubted it. Unfortunately I have a slight character flaw. To be able to give myself permission to just “be” and sit with Christ every day, I thought everything had to be in order. Before my heart could be ready for God’s visit, my house had to be in order, even the closets. It was time they were emptied of the high school treasures left behind by my boys, new shelving installed, and finally painted. This took three days, three days with no God time. As I finished painting the last closet, a new realization came to me; manual labor is highly over rated. I just knew if everything was done and there were no distractions I could develop a habit of “being” with Him. Oswald Chambers says, “Love means there are no visible habits – that your habits are so immersed in the Lord that you practice them without realizing it.” Once again I was chasing and not listening. My lack of habit was the very thing the Lord wanted for me. I can go to my Redeemer anytime and let Him guide me as I clean out the closets in my heart. Some are messy and some appear to be in precise order, until you pull the clothes back and see the stuff stashed underneath. Others, like my pantry are in precise order with everything in its place. But how long will it stay that way? If I let Him, my Lord will meet me in the quiet spaces of my heart and help me walk with Him step by step as I navigate the closets of my life. Every nook and cranny can be open for all to see, and I can experience the joy He intends for me. As I sit in my closet and have a one-on-one conversation with my Lord, my heart will be wide open and my deepest desires exposed. And I know if I listen closely enough, His words will be whispered in my ear and His deepest desires for me will be imprinted on my heart. Are your closets clean? Don’t waste precious time as I did. Spend every minute you breathe with our precious Jesus. Take it from one who knows, our Guide cares about you, His companion.
Points to Ponder
1. How often do you truly “pray to your Father”? Do you discuss your wish list, or is it like a sincere visit with a loving friend?
2. Is your closet so cluttered that you cannot see or hear Him during your conservation? If so, what has caused this distance between you and your Lord?
3. Are there things in your closet that made it difficult for you to pray as you desire? If you can, throw away the distractions and speak to Him. He is ready to listen.
Pray with Me
Guide me to have more personal visits with you, so my prayers are directed to You, and You alone. Precious Father, direct me to pray to You first, not as a habit, but as part of the ebb and flow of my life.
Delighting in our time together,
The Queen of Messy Closets