Wade E Taylor
“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6
This speaks of the importance and the power of private, personal prayer.
To go into our “closet” and shut the door in order to pray is a very private, personal experience. Here, in the privacy of our “set apart place” of prayer, we can express our heart to the Lord. To express our deep inner desires and feelings in prayer, is as medicine to our soul. But there is a greater and more important blessing. Our Heavenly Father hears our secret prayer, and He will openly reward us.
Because no one is involved in our “shut in” time, we can come aside and pray at any time. We “choose” when to pray.
However, intercession is quite different; we “respond” to an intercessory burden which “impregnates” us, and we intercede until it is “birthed.”
This speaks of the importance and power of private, personal intercession.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26