Scripture: 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
Devotion: Introvert and extrovert are buzz words that are vastly used today. As we all know introverts are the quiet observers that see and hear everything. They love to be alone and too much interaction can be overwhelming to them. Extroverts on the other hand are the complete opposite. They thrive off of relationships and when given the option prefer company over alone time. Then there is the ever complicated ambivert that can fall into either category at any given time. Human beings can be very complicated to understand but God somehow made each one compliment the other. Introverts need extroverts to pull them out of isolation and extroverts need introverts to pull them into silence. But when it comes to prayer we are given specific instructions.
In Matthew 6:6 we are instructed that when we pray we need to go into our room, close the door and pray to the Father. No other directives are given here. It doesn’t say go to a prayer meeting or to a small group, it says go into “your” room and close the door with emphasis on the word your. Although there is nothing wrong with prayer meetings and corporate prayer, there is a type of prayer that is one one one with you and God. It is the category of prayer where your heart is shared with God. It is here you can strip away your social identity and stand bare before the Father. In this place you are exclusive, hidden from others but heard by the Father.
This passage of scripture goes a step further to inform us that we are seen and heard by a loving father. A loving father who in return will reward us. It is in the secret, hidden confines of your room, some call the secret place, that secrets are exchanged. God sees your willingness, your vulnerability and a deeper relationship develops. There is nothing like being alone in your room with the King. It is in this place of sacrifice that produces the King’s reward.
Reflection: Do you have a “room” or a space where you get alone with God? Have you been able to relinquish your earthly garment and trade it for your heavenly robe?
Prayer: Lord draw us into the quiet, secret place where only you and I dwell. May we find solace in you and may it produce rewards.
Written by Petrina Milan