The Privacy Of Renewal

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” – Matthew 6:5-6

With the advancement of technology and the constant ability to connect with friends and loved ones through social media and other platforms, we have forgotten, or we have neglected, the necessity of solitude. Solitude is simply the act of getting alone. For a Christian, it isn’t just about getting alone, but it is about getting alone with God. With the constant noise of this life and the unending demands on our time and attention, we often forsake the very One Who we can turn to and unload the burdens of this life, enjoy the refreshment that only He can give, and unlock the potential that He has placed within us. It was Thomas Brooks who said, “The power of religion and godliness lives, thrives, or dies as closet prayer lives, thrives, or dies.” Spiritual renewal, or a return to godliness and righteousness, will only rise as high as the time that we spend with the Lord. Circumstances impact our lives, but it is communion with Christ that anchors and advances our lives. While the victorious Christian life is seen in public, it is won in private. So, make up your mind to find a closet, enter, close the door behind you, and spend quality time with the Father.

– written by Pastor Jay Overbay