Do you pray in private–or not? Does it matter? Jesus promised great reward. I bought a book on creating a prayer closet–it may even be in my closet. Not sure.
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:6, NLT
Here’s the closet version in the King James:
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.
(That’s another question: Do you pray in the KJV? Me, neither. Good for James. Not so good for me.)
I like the idea of a prayer closet–if I could get in my closet (and close the door.)
Maybe it doesn’t matter if your closet is a table, instead, and only a little private.
After Katie read Praying for your Husband (from head to toe), she told me how she’s using that pithy list of prayers. She and Kirt retired recently. For whatever reason, they’ve ended up at the same table, at the same time every morning–reading their Bibles, praying their prayers, setting their day. Private? Sort of, kind of.
She said, “Kirt doesn’t know it as he sits quietly nearby, but I’ve been starting at the top (‘Lord, may You be Lord of his life’) on down to his (darling) toes (‘Lord, please help him walk in Your truth.’) She didn’t say darling exactly, but they must be, don’t you think? Any man in the kitchen is darling.
Your man may not know Jesus (yet.) You may not know your man (yet.) And you may not be retired. (Sounds fun to me!) But praying God’s Word over someone you love–or need to love better–can happen anytime, anywhere. Praying, continually. That’s what matters.
You can print off four at a time–you must know four friends who could use the list. And if you’re a retired Kgt. teacher like Katie, you will laminate it because that’s what Kgt. teachers do.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 NLT
Never stop praying. I Thessalonians 5:16 NLT
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 NLT