August 2

Posted on Aug 2, 2020

“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” (Mt 6:6). It’s getting harder all the time to find a quiet place and time to pray. Part of Satan’s scheme to keep us powerless in evangelism is to keep us prayerless in private. It’s almost as difficult as finding a public pay phone, but Vance Havner finds one in a story he liked to tell. He says, “A man in an unlighted telephone booth fumbled with the pages of the directory. A passerby saw his plight and advised him: ‘The light comes on when you shut the door.’” Our prayers for the lost demonstrate our concern for them, our dependence on the Lord, and our willingness to be used in some way to see the answer to our prayer. Closet prayers are only for wise people; there is no public display or public applause. But, says our Lord, there will be a public response to our secret prayers to the Father.

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 23-27 Memorize: John 16:8-11