Secret Prayers

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.” Jesus (Matthew 6:6)

Walking like Jesus requires an active prayer life – active, and yet hidden. If it weren’t so, Jesus wouldn’t have said it.

Jesus’ prayers were simple and secret. He tells us to go into our room, close the door and pray unseen. This is my prayer closet.

prayer closet!

Don’t judge; I already know it’s a mess. If I could show you the whole thing you’d see it’s even worse, but I’m not trying to show off. I’m trying to show you that you don’t need a fancy place in which to pray, you just need quiet and a door so you can pray undisturbed.

In my case – with my family – I need two doors and a sign. Even when I had two closed doors between us, they’d always hunt me down. So I had to tape a sign to the outside of my closet. Here it is:


Ok, really don’t judge. I know it’s super pathetic but somehow it works, so I’m sticking with it.

Philip Yancey, one of my favorite authors, has this to say about prayer, “At its best, my prayer does not seek to manipulate God into doing my will – quite the opposite. Prayer enters the pool of God’s own love and widens outward.”

Your turn: Do you have a prayer closet or a way to be unseen and undisturbed?

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Hello new friend, thanks for stopping by my blog! Eleven years ago I left my hometown and job in Christian ministry and ran away to live on an island in the southeast. I followed God on a crazy adventure and want to share what I've learned with you. I'm the author of Made for More: Mobilizing Your Faith for Everyday Mission. I hope you like what you read and are inspired to walk with Jesus on your own adventure.

2 thoughts on “Secret Prayers

  1. I pray early in the morning, before the house wakes up, in the kitchen. I also spend lots of time in my car for work, so I pray at lot in there. I love your sign – peace for you and an awesome example to your family of the importance of prayer.


    1. Thanks for commenting Leslie! I miss my “before the house wakes up” prayers. I love that special silence:) Having teens has made me adjust to late night hours to be available for them. But one day…:)


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