When Jesus said the words, He said something that was so profound that many times we ignore the elephant that is in the room. By this I am talking about when Jesus said, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward openly.”
Wow! What an incredible position this puts all of us into. Where, if we talk to God secretly, even about the most desperate situation ~ He answers our prayers openly. This is incredible because it actually happens! And I have seen the miracles occur daily in my own life. Wow! It’s like having a connection to an Internet that is linked to every answer that you could conceive. Then, instantaneously a FedEx man comes with your package to deliver the miracle. But of course the Fed Ex man is one of God’s heavenly host.
A realization of the power of secrets came to me just this week when I was praying. God reminded me of a prayer my family had been praying for, and we saw the phenomenal hand of God-answered prayers for months and months and months. Then one day I inadvertently publicly shared this prayer with my congregation. As soon as I shared the prayer, instantly the trouble started back up all over again. And this time it was much worse. For four months I thought in contemplation and asked myself, “What happened?” This week God spoke to me and said, “I told you not to share this with anyone, and you broke heaven’s secrecy. That’s why the prayer is unanswered.”
It seems that there is a communication protocol between heaven and prayer warriors, and the protocol depends upon secrecy. What Jesus was teaching His disciples was the protocol of heaven’s power, that when you keep your prayers secret you empower heaven to answer your prayers unobstructed. You know how dangerous it is when a leader of a nation lets secrets go public. Since the enemy knows our plans, think how dangerous this is in the spiritual world. If you can just take a moment to think about it, do you keep your prayers secret? The amazing thing about secrecy is that you can also pray concerning that embarrassing situation that you don’t want to tell anyone about ~ and God will even fix that situation!
Next week I want to deal with the power of prayer in agreement.