Going Deeper into the Secret Place:
“Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?” (Job 11:7).
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1).
“Deep things are intriguing. Deep jungles. Deep water. Deep caves and canyons. Deep thoughts and conversations. There is nothing like depth to make is dissatisfied with superficial, shallow things. Once we have delved below the surface and had a taste of the marvels and mysteries of the deep, we realize the value of taking the time and going to the trouble of plumbing those depths.” (Charles Swindoll, Intimacy with the Almighty).
I believe that the Lord is calling His people to go deeper in the adventure of prayer. So many Christians are content to just paddle around in the kiddie pool of prayer, when all the time God is calling us to dive into the depths of the ocean of His presence. Once you’ve encountered the Lord in the secret place, you’ll never be content again to just “say your prayers” before you go to bed at night. May the Lord stir up your hearts today and draw you deeper into the secret place. Here are three keys that I’ve found that will help us to go deeper into the secret place of prayer…
1. SHUT THE DOOR TO DISTRACTIONS.
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6). The first key that Jesus gave His disciples about prayer was to get alone – to shut the door and pray to the Father in the secret place. Did you ever wonder why Jesus tells us to shut the door? He is telling us to shut the door to all the distractions in life – those busy things that crowd out quiet time with Him. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). It is in the secret place of prayer, where we are in silence and solitude, that we can hear God’s voice, and become more deeply acquainted with Him. I want to challenge you to turn off the TV and computer, unplug your iPod, shut off the phone, and find a quiet place where you can meet with God.
2. OPEN THE DOOR TO JESUS.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20). Another key that Jesus gave His disciples about prayer was to open the door and let Him in. Once we get alone in the secret place of prayer, we will begin to hear Jesus’ voice more clearly. He stands at the door and knocks, and wants to come in and have fellowship with us. Prayer is as simple as opening the door to Jesus and inviting Him to come into our lives and be with us.
3. WAIT ON THE LORD.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31). Here is the third and most important key in going deeper in the secret place. Some Christians are able find the way to shut the door to their distractions, and maybe even open the door to Jesus to allow Him to come in, but this last key is where many people miss it. Because we are so busy, and our lives are so full, we don’t have a lot of time to wait in the secret place. Most Christians give up after five minutes and say, “Well, I better get doing something useful.” There is nothing more useful than prayer! If you are willing to take the time to wait on the Lord – once you get into the secret place – God will begin to reveal Himself to you. Once you get into the secret place: Take the time to pray, but also take the time to listen – to be quiet and allow God to speak to you. Worship Him – sing songs of praise, and tell the Lord how much you love Him. And read your Bible – most of the time God will speak to us through His Word. Get alone until you’re not alone anymore, and let the adventure begin!
Pastor Chris Jordan