Broken Weapons
Striking the Balance

Secret Prayer


"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." - Matthew 6:6

Shutting the door for prayer is simple, but it is not always as easy as it seems.

It brings the soul into an intimate place with the Source of all life. God wants something that we find hard to give - our full attention.

Read the verse again There is a reward.

One or two of my professors must have studied together because I heard the same thing.

"Now, put down your pens and look up from your notes and let me see your eyeballs."

Then they would say something that we could have never gotten down on paper, something that needed to be written on our hearts and communicated heart to heart.

That is what happens in prayer. Prayer is not a scholastic exercise. It is relationship.

There is great reward in that.




There is an hour of calm relief
From every throbbing care;
’Tis when, before a throne of grace,
I kneel in secret prayer.

Oh, that Voice to me so dear,
Breathing soft on my ear:
Weary child, look up and see,
’Tis thy Savior speaks to thee.

When one by one, like threads of gold,
The hues of twilight fall;
Oh, sweet communion with my God,
My Savior and my all!

I hear seraphic tones that float
Amid celestial air,
And bathe my soul in streams of joy,
Alone in secret prayer.

Oh, when the hour of death shall come,
How sweet from thence to rise,
With prayer on earth my latest breath,
My watchword to the skies.

Frances J. Crosbypub.1873


Oswald Chambers on Secret Prayer