The Secret Place & Intimacy With God
”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).
Prayer is the command centre of Christian life. Not only is it obedience to God’s command (1 Thessalonians 5:17) but it is a vital means of receiving future grace. Living a Christ-like life is more than communal worship and fellowship, it is also about having time alone with God. Take marriage for example: for that union to be a healthy one, both husband and wife have to make sure that they carve out their time alone together even if they both work 50 hours a week and have 7 kids. The same applies for a true believer and God because thy maker is thine husband (Isaiah 54:5). Intimacy with God is available to all of us but that intimacy starts in the secret place.
The SECRET PLACE simply means a place where you are alone with God. It is a place of retreat in the presence of God. In building your secret place, you need to:
- Start with the Word of God because it is through His word that He communicates himself to us. In Psalm 81:10, God tells us to open our mouths wide and He will fill it. We inhale the Word and exhale in prayer.
- Trust that God will respond graciously and meet our needs. It might not be like we hoped but it will always be for our good. You cannot be intimate with someone you don’t trust so in order to deepen your intimacy with God, you have to fully trust Him. The more we trust God, the more intimately we come to know him. A felt distance from God is often due to a disruption in trust, such as a sin or disappointment (Jon Bloom).
- Close the door. This means shutting the door on your emotions, wandering thoughts and all your worries. You can’t be still and pray effectively if you’re thinking of what to have for dinner, what to say to the guy that’s moving to you or what to wear to lectures tomorrow.
All of this will help in deepening your relationship with God. Notice in Matthew 6:6, it says “pray to YOUR Father” not the Father. To experience limitless living and to truly enjoy the benefits of using the secret place, you must know God as your loving heavenly Father.
The secret place is where you get to understand who you are and who God is. 1 John 3:1 says “What manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God”. So, what is your covenant identity? It’s in that verse you just read. You and I are children of God, we have a name and belong to a family. Knowing your identity is critical to limitless living and to enjoying the benefits of the secret place. If in your alone time with God, He gives you a revelation, you have to believe it otherwise it will not manifest. Every revelation that lacks conviction will not produce a manifestation. In Psalm 91:1, David noted that the benefit of being in GOD’S secret place is that the person will abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty provides deliverance, protection and preservation. David enjoyed limitless living because he stayed under the shadow of the Almighty. He knew how to use the secret place: before going to battle with the Philistines, he would go to his secret place and ask God what to do and how to go about it. God must have told him he would be victorious and assuming David quivered in fear, those battles would not have been won.
Often times, many of us say to God “I want something from you” while He is saying to us “I want to be with you”. In John 1:35-39, John’s disciples follow Jesus. In verse 38, they called him “Rabbi” which means “teacher” and then asked Him where He was staying. That tells me they were seeking knowledge from Him; they wanted knowledge only He could give, they wanted something from Him. Jesus could have stopped and answered whatever questions they had for Him right there on that road where they stopped Him. Instead He invited them to where He was staying because He wanted more than to be a solution to their problem, He wanted to be with them. Interestingly, once you have a relationship with God, the blessings will follow. His grace is sufficient for us that’s why Isaiah 45:3 says “And I will give you the treasures of darkness, And hidden wealth of secret places, In order that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name”. God has stored up goodness and everything else we might need in the secret place. We can access all God has for us there. So I want to encourage you, to seek more of God. Live life from the secret place and draw near to Him like James 4:8 tells us to. In doing so, He will bring us into His plans for us and do us good all the days of our lives.
As always, here’s a song for you:
More, More, More – By Joann Rosario.