Go into your closet…(Matthew 6:6).
We often hear the expression “coming out of the closet” used to describe the revelation of someone’s sexual orientation. Jesus didn’t talk much about coming out of the closet, but at least on one occasion he spoke of going into the closet.
Today’s text is part of Jesus’ instruction on prayer. For many people of his day, and I would suggest in ours also, prayer was viewed as something one did in a religious setting, and usually in public. There were those people who prayed professionally while the crowd silently attempted to cognitively participate.
But prayer was never intended to primarily be a matter of public activity. It is intended to be a matter of one on one time with the Father. For that time to be meaningful, it requires that we set aside time and space to “go into the closet.”
If we really believe God exists…and that he is actively involved in our daily lives…then setting aside time and space for him is just about the most important part of having a dynamic relationship with God. When this dimension of our spiritual lives is neglected or absent it is impossible to live an authentic Christian life. We end up as spiritual zombies…the "walking dead". Henri Nouwen nailed it when he said, “Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.”
When was the last time you hid yourself away in a quiet place and consciously sought God? Do you have a regular time and place to seek him? Are you too busy with the tyranny of the urgent that you are failing to do the truly important? Lets all have a “going in” party today. Lets all spend some time alone with the Father…in the closet!