Meet Me in the Secret Place
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | August 23, 2017Matthew 6:6 (NKJV) “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
The work of God in our lives is born out of intimacy, and intimacy with God is experienced in the “secret place.” The secret place is a place of intimacy. It is the place of secret prayer. As a bride and a groom steal away to the secret place in order to know one another in intimacy, so our Heavenly Father beckons us to steal away to the secret place of prayer. There we experience the intimacy of His presence. The secret place is a “place” we must go: “go into your room.” The secret place may be an established place set apart for times of worship, meditation, and prayer or it may be a spontaneous place to steal away as directed by the wooing voice of our heavenly Father. We hear His voice calling to our hearts, “Meet Me in the secret place.” Our hearts are quickened with a longing to be there because we know that we cannot live without Him. Our hearts are captured with His love. The secret place is a place free of distraction: “and when you have shut your door.” The secret place is a place where we can get alone with God and spend time with Him apart from distractions. We must seek out a “secret place” of prayer. Jesus was on the move in His ministry. And yet He found time to steal away to the secret place with His Father in the mountains or in the desert. No matter how tired he was or how late or early it was, He always found time to meet His Father in the secret place. The secret place is a place to meet with our Father: “pray to your Father who is in the secret place.” Our Father dwells in the secret place. The secret place is the place of His presence (Psalm 31:20). It is there that we can meet with Him, talk with Him, and worship Him. The secret place is a place of impartation: “and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” It is in the secret place that we can receive from Him forgiveness, cleansing, healing, restoration, love, counsel, blessing, peace, joy, friendship, protection, provision, grace, and strength. When we rise up from the secret place we enter the world refreshed, transformed, and empowered by our Father. This is His reward to us that becomes openly obvious to those around us. (Read Psalm 27:4-5 and Psalm 91 for more on “the secret place”)
Corporate prayer is taught in the Scripture, but the power of corporate prayer flows out of the individual time each person has spent alone with their Father in the secret place. Our effectiveness in life flows out of what we receive in the secret place. Sometimes we feel that we just do not have time to pray. Actually we do not have enough time NOT to pray. God will help us redeem the time for what is most important. Jesus is the Son of God and yet He always made time to be with the Father. Everything He said and did flowed out of what He received in the secret place.
When we realize that our efforts apart from Him will always fail or fall short of His glory, then we will spend more time in the secret place. It would do us good to do less and pray more. Out of that time in prayer the Father’s reward will begin to manifest in our lives, our families, and our ministries. Don’t ignore the urge to be in the Father’s presence. Listen and you will hear Him say, “Meet Me in the secret place!” You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to be with your Father. He awaits your arrival! Take the time, make the time, even steal away the time, to meet Him in the secret place.
Prayer: ‘Heavenly Father, thank You for the secret place of Your Presence. Help me to never forget that I need Your presence more than anything else in life. Father, may the blessing of the secret place be manifested openly so that others will see and desire to be with You also. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen!”