The God-Honoring Way to Pray

download“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt. 6:6). In the Greek, it actually reads, “But you when you pray.” Jesus is emphatic, “But you.” There’s a strong “but” there, “but you”—a strong contradictory word.

Jesus said, “Go into your room and shut the door.” The “room” refers to an inner room in the house. (Hagner) Back then, Palestinian houses had inner rooms. Some of these inner rooms are secret rooms or hidden rooms. The inner room is the private room of the house.

Go into your private room, Jesus commands. Don’t just go inside your inner room; shut the door.

What is the point of Jesus here? The point of Jesus is that his disciples are to pray in secret. We are to pray without seeking the attention of others. We are to pray without seeking the praise of others. It’s better for people to NOT know that you are praying, than for people to know that you are.

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt. 6:6). The word, “secret” (kruptos), means, “hidden.” I translated the Greek literally, “You pray to the Father in the secret and your Father seeing in the secret shall reward you.” The main point of Jesus is this. “Pray in secret to the Father who sees in secret.” Jesus is not against praying in public. But He is for praying in secret.

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