August 18th, 2023

Matthew 6:6 CSB – But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6 contains the famous scene where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray (Our Father, who art in Heaven…) Immediately prior to his example prayer, he makes an interesting statement, as referenced in the verse above. He tells us to go to a private place, with the door closed, so that we may pray to the Father in secrecy. And if you do that, your Father, who knows and sees all, will reward you.

There are a couple of reasons why Jesus commands us to pray in this way. First, it allows us to leave our egos at the door and sincerely pray to our maker without having to worry about what everyone else thinks. In those hidden places, it’s just you and the Father in unity in prayer, and no one else is there to pass any kind of judgment on what you’re facing. Second, it shows the Father that you have faith in him and in him alone. When you pray to him in secret, it means that you’re relying on him and him alone to help you with your problems. You are acknowledging that the Father is the only one who has total power over your life, and you are submitting any control that you may have to him, in faith.

Jesus commands us to do a lot of things. We’re commanded to go make disciples of all nations and peoples, we’re commanded to take care of those who cannot help themselves, and we’re commanded to turn the other cheek when someone hurts us. However, some commands, such as this one, often go overlooked but are just as vital, maybe even more so because the command also contains a promise. If you go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to the Father in secret, he will reward you. What will he reward you with? More of himself.