The Daily Prayer Project

A Common Room Made Uncommon

Matthew 6:6 says,

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.

“Go into your room”

The word for room is ta-meh-ee-on (ταμεῖόν), “room, store room, barn, etc.,” suggesting that it refers simply to a common room. And yet, when we make it a place for prayer, it becomes a common room made uncommon by the fact that the Father is there! He sees what goes on there in secret and rewards us.

“Sometimes we talk about waiting on the Lord. How long has He been waiting for you in the Secret Place?”

God’s Confidant?

There is precedent in Scripture for this concept of God meeting in secret with His children.

In both Psalm 25:14 and Amos 3:7 we get insight into God’s desire to confide in those with whom He has a covenant. Have you ever considered that Almighty God might want to confide in you?

Psalm 25:14 says,

The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.

In the Hebrew, the word here for “confide” is Strong’s (5475) “sode” which means, “a session, i.e. company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication intimacy, consultation, a secret:—assembly, counsel, inward, secret (counsel).”[1]

So, we could rephrase this verse to say, “The Lord is intimate with those who fear him” or “The Lord consults with or shares secrets with those who fear him”

Amos 3:7 says, Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets. In this verse, “sode” is translated “secret counsel.”

The Secret Place

The Secret Place, far from being simply a place where we share our laundry list of needs with God, is a place of intimacy and secret counsel with God! Sometimes we talk about waiting on God but how long has He been waiting for you in the Secret Place?

Get started now in the Secret Place!


 

NOTES

[1] Strong, J. (2009). A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible (Vol. 2, p. 82). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

 

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