...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
I spend a lot of time with people. People that I greatly enjoy sharing time with. Sometimes we work together, sometimes we play. Sometimes I counsel, sometimes I teach, sometimes I listen, sometimes I correct, sometimes I pray.
I have noticed my effectiveness with others goes up and down in direct correlation to how much time I spend in the secret place. My peace, strength, joy, wisdom, faith, love, all flow from my time spent with my Heavenly Father alone in the secret place.
When I was a teenager our youth choir sang a song called "There Is A Quiet Place." Its words come to mind when I go to be alone with Jesus:
There is a quiet place
Far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind
Sheltered by tree and flow´r
There in my quiet hour
With Him my cares are left behind
Whether a garden small
Or on a mountain tall
New strength and courage there I find
Then from this quiet place
I go prepared to face
A new day with love for all mankind
Let's go to the secret place these next four weeks as we Ask God to speak to us, both individually and as a family.