” But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.”
The bible advises us to pray to the Father in private.
Chambers says in the devotional, “Do not have as your motive the desire to be known as a praying man.”
I pray quietly and often in private. When I close my closet, it is my eyes that I close and silently spend time with God. I really do not know if this is proper, I do know that it is what is natural for me. I do know that when praying in a group of others I have to pray in tongues to remain focused. I am unnaturally distracted by those who pray fervently and violently in a group. It feels false and showy to me. Praying in tongues during corporate pray helps me to not be annoyed and distracted. Again, I don’t know if they are praying with the correct heart, not my job to judge! However, I remain at odds…
Chambers says today ~ ” God does not hear us because we are in earnest, but only on the ground of Redemption. God is never impressed by our earnestness.”
When I was young I was taught never to ask God for things, not to bother Him, that He had larger stuff to deal with and the desires of a little girl was not important. Now I am taught to ask…when a new Christian this was hard, as I had many desires for my life that I had never asked be fulfilled…what to do?
I began petitions…I was quickly taught to then Thank God for the fulfillment of that petition! Here I will praise God for the Godly Shepardof His Word that He has put me under. The bible says that “everyone that asketh receiveth.” I have known this to be true in my life.
These prayers, though, must be seasoned with wisdom. The wisdom of God…who is referred to in the Word as “she”. We must ask knowing that we will receive our request…am I sure this day that I want what I ask for?
I asked that the things in my life that were contrary to God’s will be removed. Blessedly I did not know what that really meant, or I may not have made the request…people and things have been removed, in such a way that they are no longer hinderances to my communion with God the Father. They seem far off sometimes, and I experience saddness for this…I do know that it is best, however. Still…I miss them.
Chambers goes on to say~”Asking [in prayer] means our will is in it. Whenever Jesus talked about prayer, He put it with the grand simplicity of a child; we [adult Christians] bring our critical temper[ment] and say – yes, but…”
Jesus did not tell us to question! He told us to ask… We must ask God for the things we want and need…we must ask with the knowledge that things that are not keeping with the God Jesus takes us to will not be answered.
” You shall ask what ye will, “. You must ask…
My prayers, in quiet and in Thanksgiving…are often answered.
How do you pray? Is it a prayer life that comes naturally or one you think must be correct, because someone has instructed you in the way of prayer? I find that prayer is an individual thing for everyone. My pastor teaches this as well and it is backed up scripturally. I find that Christian devotionals and help books often distract from how one should encounter God. I find further that often when I attempt to take the advise of these wonderful authors that it becomes a thing of drudgery…This it has been revealed to me, in prayer, is me trying to pray another man’s prayer, another man’s petition.
If your devotional is a training, or your Christian self improvement book does not comfirm where you are at in your walk with the Lord, it may be that you are not supposed to be praying in that particular manner…Listen to the Spirit within you, not the Hot Christian author or speaker of the day…Your walk with God is about You and God…Not that big preacher, You and God.
“Prayer is about our eyes upon God, not on men.” ~ Oswald Chambers