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8th February 2023


The Beauty & Blessing of Place

Jesus has gone before us to prepare a special place for every born-again believer in the Father’s house (John 14:1-3).
Whilst we await His return to take us there, He has blessed us with a number of special places.
Each of them is beautiful & a blessing in themselves.
Today I want us to think about the SECRET Place.


But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6 & 17-18


Like Jesus we are called to the secret place. It is a place of prayer in God’s intimate presence.
Jesus practised communion with the Father in the secret place daily.
It was through this that He got to know what the Father was doing & saying.
From the secret place of intimacy in prayer came imitation (John 5:19-23).
It was the foundation of Jesus’ ministry & it needs to be the foundation of ours too.

Jesus’ death & resurrection has removed every barrier between us & God.
There is now nothing to separate us form His unending & unfailing love (Romans 8:38-39).
The secret place is where our hearts meet in intimate communion with God’s great heart.
A place of rest & return, solitude & seeking, listening & receiving, hearing, heeding & obeying.
A place of resting in His presence so that His revelation can illuminate our hearts & minds.
A place where our relationship with God can grow & thrive.
Success in life & ministry flows from time spent in the secret place with the Father.
This is because God is a rewarder of those who faithfully seek after him with all their hearts (Jeremiah 29:13; Hebrews 11:6).
Diligence & discipline in the secret place will be rewarded with the pleasure & delight of the Father’s presence.
Touched by His goodness, grace & glory we can bring that blessing to others. SELAH

The secret place can be a quiet reverent place in our hearts, minds & spirits.
It can also be aided by a specific physical space or place that we repeatedly return to.
Having somewhere physical to draw aside to be alone with the Father is a good spiritual discipline.
It is the reason why Jesus often withdrew from the disciples & crowds (e.g Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16).
Time in the presence tells in every way possible. It was true for Jesus & will be true for us.
The secret place is a special sacred place that we are daily invited to. How wonderful is that!!!
Are you running to, resting in & repeatedly retuning to the SECRET Place?


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I experiencing & finding Father God in the secret place?
  • What is the Father showing me & speaking to me at this time?
  • Meditate upon our call to intimacy in the secret place of prayer & communion with our heavenly Father.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the invitation to meet with & commune with You in the secret place,
Draw my heart ever deeper unto intimacy with You.
Jesus thank you for making the way & showing the way,
Help me to daily draw aside to be in the Father’s presence,
To lay aside the demands & distractions to lay hold of that which is truly necessary.
Holy Spirit keep me disciplined & keep me diligent,
Running to, resting in & repeatedly returning to the secret place.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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