Secret Meditative Prayer

“When you have shut the door, pray to Your Father...”

Matthew 6: 6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

W. Huntington:
“Prayer uncloses the bountiful hand of God—opens the door of mercy—retains Christ on the throne of the affections, and covers every rival and usurper with shame and confusion of face. It is the believer’s Royal Exchange, where he may take his cares, burdens, snares, and troubles; his vexations, temptations, doubts, and fears; his misgivings of heart, sorrows of mind, hardness of heart, and ingratitude—together with his faintness, unbelief, spiritual jealousy, and rebellion; also all his disorders—the leprosy of sin, the evil within, the plague of his heart; or his languid hands, halting feet, or stiff neck. He may take there all his oppositions, persecutions, false charges, slanderous accusations, vile reproaches, and there get rid of and leave them all.” Quoted by Thomas Payne, “Power of Intensified Prayer”

Andrew Bonar on R. M M’Cheyne
“The real secret of his (R. M M’Cheyne) soul’s prosperity lay in the daily enlargement of his heart in fellowship with his God....” Andrew Bonar Memoirs & Remains of R. M. M’Cheyne Banner of Truth Trust pp 54, 55

Andrew Murray:
“To the man who withdraws himself from all that is of the world and man, and prepares to wait upon God alone, the Father will reveal Himself. As he forsakes and gives up and shuts out the world, and the life of the world, and surrenders himself to be led of Christ into the secret of God’s presence, the light of the Father’s love will rise upon him. The secrecy of the inner chamber and the closed door, the entire separation from all around us, is an image of, and so a help to, that inner spiritual sanctuary, the secret of God’s tabernacle, within the veil, where our spirit truly comes into contact with the Invisible One.” Andrew Murray, “With Christ in the School of Prayer,” Page 24

Alexander Whyte:
“God is present to His children in a special and in a peculiar way when they enter their closet and shut their door. The shortest, the surest, the safest way to seek God is to seek Him ‘in secret.’ It is not that God is any more real in secret than He is in public; but we are. God is wherever we are. And God is whatever we are, in the street, in the synagogue, at the family altar, in the closet. It is not that God is one thing on one side of a door of wood, and another thing on the other side of that door; it is that we differ so much according to which side of that door we are on. We all feel it the instant we turn the key, and go to our knees. In that instant we are already new creatures. We feel that this is our proper, and true, and best place.... And if you keep the door shut, and give things time to work, very soon your Father and you will be the whole world to one another. And if you pursue that; if you lay out your life to be a man of prayer; you will make continual discoveries of practices and expedients of secret devotion; such as will carry you up to heights of heavenly-mindedness that, at one time, would have been neither believable by you, nor desirable to you.” Alexander Whyte, “Lord Teach Us To Pray”

E. White:
“When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. He bids us, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ Ps. 46:10. Here alone can true rest be found. And this is the effectual preparation for all who labor for God. Amid the hurrying throng, and the strain of life’s intense activities, the soul that is thus refreshed will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace. The life will breathe out fragrance, and will reveal a divine power that will reach men’s hearts.” Ellen White Desire of Ages Pacific Press, p 363

Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work. Ellen White, Maranatha p 125 (See a longer version of this as "Be Still and Know" on meditative prayer)

All quotations are taken from books in the public domain, or used with permission. All rights reserved. Many of these books are available at your local Christian bookstore, or in-line at www.ccel.org. Compiled by Dan Augsburger (path2prayer@yahoo.com) Commercial use is prohibited. 6/11/02