When You Pray
"When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already. But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open. And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him" (Matthew 6: 5-8 AMP).
Jesus is introducing a system of praying and relationship with God that overrides what the Disciples were accustomed to as the pattern to pray. He tells us to go to our most private room and close the door so that no one else will be with you. Maybe this is your bedroom, your closet, or bathroom? Or maybe it is a quiet place among the trees, along the water's edge of the ocean, or even your own backyard garden. Wherever this place is for you, the requirements are that you be alone where you can talk to your Heavenly Father with the freedom of no one hearing you. Your Heavenly Father promises that He will be in this place with you; He will hear you; and He will respond favorably to your words that you've spoken from your heart that will cause a transformation in you when you're among others.
Next, Jesus tells us to NOT pray like most people do by begging, pleading and telling God our needs or someone's needs. Think about this. We are coming in the presence of the Almighty God who knows everything, yet, most of us pray telling Him about our "issues" of what we need or how He needs to handle a situation? Do we really think that God wants us sick, hurt, depressed, angry, victimized, poor, etc.? Do we think that He doesn't see these emotions and issues we are dealing with? So, by telling God our problems are we giving Him information that is new to His ears? Is this secret place that Jesus refers to for us to go to the Father suppose to be like a court room, and we are coming before a judge?
Think about the different conversations that go on throughout your house with different people. When outsiders come into your home, do you talk with them in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, closet, or bathroom? The Master's bedroom should be a place of intimacy, not a place to discuss or debate issues of the world. It should be a place that allows a person to let their guard down and feel safe. This is the place that couples come together in the unity of marriage. This is the place where a child will crawl into their parent's bed because the storm outside is scaring them. This is the place where many pillows have absorbed many tears of the heart. This is the place of rest.
The master bedroom in your house should not be a place where household finances are discussed while your spouse is trying to be romantic. It should not be a place of correction when a child is crying and needs comfort and love. The same concept should be understood when we go to our secret place with God. It is NOT a place that God needs to hear our wants or the needs of others via "prayer request."
This is a place where time is not an issue. Everything is God and His identity in you. This is the place that your spirit simply expresses and takes in LOVE, LIFE, LIGHT, PEACE, and a stillness of JOY that no matter what is going on outside the secret place; you know that you know within your spirit that God is in control. We then identify that all things will work together for good because we first loved God, and we are fulfilling the calling of the moment according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). That calling is for us to seek first the Kingdom of God (where God abided), and his righteousness (his identity, character, and nature); then, all those things that you wanted to pray about to God will be seen from His position and authority where He alone will be glorified through you (Matt. 6:33).
Jesus tells us not to be like others who pray to God. Instead, He tells us to come boldly to the throne of our Father, that secret place where it is just you and God, and you can rest in His presence. Yes He is God Almighty maker of all things. He is also Spirit and the Father of spirits (Heb. 12:9). When we come into His presence as our Father we acknowledge our identity as spirit. We are then able to accept His peace that surpasses all the circumstances and situations we could possibly pray for. Jesus said that God was His Father and our Father, His God and our God (John 20:17), which makes us gods, children of the Most High God (Psalm 82:6).
What goes on behind closed doors between you and the Father is no one else's business. However, when you come out of your secret place, the world should know that you have spent time with Eternity by the fruit that is manifested. You will have been to the third heaven, the Holy of Holies where your Father abides. When you have spent quality time in His presence, He will equip you with His identity, character, and nature to do His business in the world so that He will be glorified. By His Spirit in you, the world will see the work which His presence within you accomplishes: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22).
Spend time in His rest in your secret place sharing your heart and allowing the Father to surround you with His presences and you will find all of the universe bowing down to Christ in you. They will know you are a Christ One by your LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY that you received while resting in your Father's presence on His throne between the cherubim of our imagination. You will then see the storms of your life calmed, the sickness turned to health, the tears turned to joy, the ashes of death turned to beauty, and the resurrected LIFE of Christ manifested through you.
"We know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment (life issues/prayer requests) [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!" (1 John 4:16-18 AMP).
God is not forgetful that we need to remind Him of our needs. He is not in a box that if we don't pray specific He doesn't understand what our hearts are really trying to say. When we identify our problems in prayer, speaking them out loud for others to hear, instead of speaking what God says, we give place to the world feeding the father of the flesh instead of communing with the Father of spirits (Heb. 12:9). Out of our mouth we are condemned and out of our mouth we are justified. In one breath we bless God, even as our Father, but then we turn and curse men who are made after the similitude of God. We speak out of our hearts both fresh, life giving and edifying words mingled with bitter condemning words, and then blame God for not answering our prayers (James 3:8-12).
God is dealing with each of us to grow up into son-ship and recognize that the trials and tribulations we encounter are to produce faith. God disciplines us to bring us into His holiness to be partakers of the inheritance we have through Jesus Christ. We cannot come into His Holiness except as His kind; spirit. We pray to hear from God, but He can only commune with His kind.
God is God of all, but it is only through Jesus Christ that we have the ability to come to Him as Father. God created man after His KIND. Man was created as Son/Holy Spirit. When man fell from the presence of LIFE and GRACE, he could no longer hear the voice of the Father within the Holy of Holies, but in the garden around him. At the end of the Bible in Revelation chapter one, we come to John's encounter on the Island of Patmos where he is in the SPIRIT hearing the voice of Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega. Then John turns from the direction he was viewing the situation. He now desires to not just hear, but see the voice. Since he is communing with the voice in the spirit and not in his flesh, John is able to see the voice speaking to him. What he sees is "one like a Son of Man" in the midst of the lampstands. John is communing with His Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ within the temple of God, the body of Christ.
The voice of the Father is coming from within John, yet he does not just hear, but sees as God sees in SPIRIT. John is in a secret place where the Father abides while in his physical body. He sees the truth of his identity by the quickening of his spirit that he is a son of man/ God Kind in the midst of the perfection and rest of God's character and nature radiated as LIGHT (Rev. 1: 10-13).
Today, we can come boldly to the throne of our Father's grace, the New Jerusalem; His PEACE that surpasses all of our logic, reason, and understanding of things going on in the world. We have been born again (renewed) by the quickening of the LIFE-Giving Spirit of Christ (1 Cor. 15:45). We bear the image of the heavenly, our Father who is in Heaven. It is up to us to change putting on the incorruptible and putting on the immortal of our Father so that the power of disease, depression, suffering, agony, misery, and even death in the body of Christ is removed (1 Cor. 15)
Jesus said, "I am the WAY, THE TRUTH, and the LIFE. No man can come to the Father except by ME. When you know ME, you will know our Heavenly Father" (John 14: 6-7). Jesus took the old way of entering of entering God's presence and nailed it to a cross crucifying the flesh of all mankind as He cried, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani" which Mark 15: 34 tells us means "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me." Jesus died once and for all. Our flesh was crucified when Jesus died. Today, we have been redeemed (body, soul, and spirit) by the blood that was shed by Jesus Christ. Today we are the body of the resurrected Christ Jesus. Therefore, when we pray, our prayers should be addressed to God as Jesus would pray/commune with the Father as He is sitting on the mercy seat in the throne room of God.
"My Father who is in heaven, hallowed is Your name. Your kingdom has come and Your will is done on earth as it is in heaven…"
I lift up my eyes to heaven and say, Father, the hour has come. Glorify, exalt, honor, and magnify your son (Christ in me), so that Your Son (Jesus Christ) may glorify, extol, honor, and magnify You through me. You have granted Christ power and authority over all flesh, so that Christ Jesus can give Your eternal LIFE to all those whom You have drawn across my path with the manifestation of the fruit of Your Holy Spirit that I have partaken of from the Tree of Life. This pattern of following the firstborn of many brethren is so that as others see me, they see Christ in me, your glory as they hear the words of the SON, my beloved bridegroom, "when you have seen me, you have seen the Father." Let the WORD become flesh in me fulfilling the Scriptures "That they all may be one; as thou, Father in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us that they may be made perfect in one…LOVE, LIGHT, LIFE (John 17).