Closet Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

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“But when you pray, go into your inner room…”

I have a closet that is the size of a small room. It really is an inner room in my house.

I am usually very intentional about entering this closet.  I am either putting something of value into it or I am taking something of value out of it.

Besides clothes, there are photographs and letters and certificates and the kids’ artwork and report cards. In a wicker basket stands thirty years worth of journals.

My wedding dress is in there.

The inner chamber of my house is where I put the things that really matter the most. Way back in the deepest place is where I can find my most precious things.

Some things are not meant for everyone’s eyes. Some of the things I pray are not meant to be prayed in the car, or while I’m vacuuming, or even in the church.

Some of the more precious prayers are meant for me and Jesus alone.

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Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.-George Herbert

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