Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In The Secret Place With God

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Daily in His Presence
Andrew Murray

Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

“Christ longed for His disciples to know God as their Father and have fellowship with Him within the secret place. In His own life, Jesus considered such communion with His Father to be indispensable and found in it great happiness. Thus he longs that we should understand that we cannot be dedicated disciples without daily communion with the Father who eagerly waits for us in secret.

God desires to draw us away from the world and our self-absorption. He offers us the wonder of an intimate relationship with Him. If only God’s children would take the privilege to heart!

Believers of the Old Testament enjoyed this experience. David often wrote poetry and sang of the Lord being a secret place of refuge for him. How much more should Christians in the New Covenant value this intimate relationship with their Father. We need to commune with our heavenly Father regularly, day by day, that our spiritual life might be restored and renewed.

We have died with Christ and are made one with Him in His resurrection-one plant, one tree. As the roots of a tree are hidden underground, so the roots of our daily lives are hidden deep in God. Take time, therefore, to ponder these words of David: ‘How great is your goodness…in the sight of men on those who take refuge in You’ (Psalm 31:19).”

“Thank you, Lord, for those times I spend with You in the secret place of prayer, where I can recover, be renewed, and be encouraged.”
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