In previous posts I have talked about the beauty of God’s creation and His plan—how He brings us into a love relationship with Himself. Now let me lead you into His house, and into the inner room—the place of prayer, and look around. It is our privilege now to discover 3 things about the Inner Room.
It is a place to rest.
This is the place where God lets Himself be found. It is the place where He hopes we would come—so that He can give us rest. Here, in His sanctuary, we rest in His protection, as a bird under its mother’s wings (Ps. 91:4), hiding from all the evils of the world.
To find our greatest rest in God we must shut the door to all the distractions of this life, which tend to divert the mind and the spirit from true worship (John 4:24). It is, therefore, our task to clear our mind from distractions, and thus, to get in touch with our spirit—to put our spirit on the alert and to keep it active, or in communication with God’s Spirit.
It is a place to dwell and commune with God.
David said in Psalms 27: 4-5, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me.”
Here we see that the primary concern in David’s life was to be in God’s presence and to behold His beauty. And for David, in the temple was where he usually went to pray. We should also have a special place to pray, a secret place where God seems more real and more present to us.
It is a place to discover and experience God.
We have come to this inner room to rest and dwell with God. But we have also come to discover Him and experience Him, then to praise Him for who He is. This suggests that the inner room is not just for resting, but also for diligent study and honest reflection; we cannot discover who God is unless we diligently study the Bible and reflectively pray over it. There, we will not only discover who He is, but what He requires of us.
From the Bible we will also meet Jesus His Son. When we see Jesus, especially in the gospels, we see what God is like as a person, for God has come to us in the person of Jesus. Thus, let us constantly and habitually study to see Him and experience Him. Moreover, let us ever be drinking Him into our souls so that He is in our thoughts constantly. Then let us rejoice that He has given us the promise that if we drink of the water that He gives us (that is, the water of Himself) He will become in us a fountain of living water springing up into everlasting life (Jn. 4:14).
This is an excerpt from my book Prayer A to Z.