By Wade E. Taylor
"But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and
you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in
secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, shall reward
you openly." Matt 6:6.
The word "closet" is translated from a Greek word
meaning "a storage chamber." Most translations use
the word "room." This weakens the intent of the
Lord, as anyone can easily find and enter a "room"
to pray, but for us to enter a "closet" is quite
a different matter.
We are living in the time of the Laodecian Church which,
we are told, is "rich and increased with goods."
Thus, our "closets" are full. As our closets - so
also our lives are filled with demanding activities. Most
of us are too busy to spend much time in prayer.
Thus, for us to enter our "closet" to pray requires
that we actively and determinedly make room, where there is
no room. For us to establish a "set apart time"
for prayer, and then maintain this time, does not come easily.
This "set apart time" must constantly be contended
for. Thus, we must have placed a high value on the time that
we spend alone with the Lord, or it will be overtaken and
replaced with activities - for, our closets are full.
A lady once heard me share this, and later told me that she
had taken seriously what I had said. She literally emptied
a closet, placed a chair within, entered and shut the door.
There, she wonderfully met the Lord and later, excitedly shared
her experience with me.
Our Lord is very sensitive about "room being made"
for Him. When He was born into this world, there was "no
room" in the inn. Thus, when anyone of us "actively
makes room" for Him, He quickly notices and responds.
Our Lord seeing in secret and rewarding us openly speaks
of His approbation, or divine favor resting upon our lives.
The effort that we take to make "room" for Him is
the key to His approbation resting upon our lives.