Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Secret Place

 O My dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret places of the stairs,
let Me see your face, 
let Me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet, 
and your face is beautiful.
(Song of Songs 2:14 MKJV)

Do you have a secret place where you meet with God?

The secret place can be figurative, or it can be a literal place—a prayer closet, if you will.

I love nature, so my favorite prayer encounters often happen outdoors. And summer is a great time for that—beach walks, garden visits, hikes. Doesn’t matter, so long as you’re communing with God.

I used to think that I always needed to bring along my journal, a pen and my Bible in order to get everything out of those moments I could. But there are plenty of times when I’ve felt the nudge to just leave my “Bible bag” behind and traipse off for a conversation with the Lord. Then I can dialogue unhindered because I don’t have to stop and write everything down. (Nothing wrong with writing it all down, by the way.)

Bottom line, is that it doesn’t matter where you pray, just that you pray. Read in the Scriptures wherever God directs and have a daily time of refreshing in God’s presence. The great thing about journaling is you’ll have a record of what God has been up to in your life. Just the other day, God nudged me to read from the beginning of my current journal (the one I’ve been writing in since March). Very eye-opening to see what He’s been up to in my life. And seeing that leads to thankfulness and thankfulness leads to communing personally with Him, which leads back to prayer. Which leads us back to the necessity of having a secret place.

But you, when you pray, enter into your room.
And shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
(Matthew 6:6 MKJV)