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Praying in Private–Or Not? Does it Matter?

September 29, 2015
Do you pray in private–or not? Does it matter? Jesus promised great reward. I bought a book on creating a prayer closet–it may even be in my closet. Not sure.

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:6, NLT

Here’s the closet version in the King James:

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 thee openly. 

(That’s another question: Do you pray in the KJV? Me, neither. Good for James. Not so good for me.)
I like the idea of a prayer closet–if I could get in my closet (and close the door.)
Maybe it doesn’t matter if your closet is a table, instead, and only a little private.
After Katie read Praying for your Husband (from head to toe), she told me how she’s using that pithy list of prayers. She and Kirt retired recently. For whatever reason, they’ve ended up at the same table, at the same time every morning–reading their Bibles, praying their prayers, setting their day. Private? Sort of, kind of.

Praying in private

She said, “Kirt doesn’t know it as he sits quietly nearby, but I’ve been starting at the top (‘Lord, may You be Lord of his life’) on down to his (darling) toes  (‘Lord, please help him walk in Your truth.’) She didn’t say darling exactly, but they must be, don’t you think? Any man in the kitchen is darling.

Praying in private


Your man may not know Jesus (yet.) You may not know your man (yet.) And you may not be retired. (Sounds fun to me!) But praying God’s Word over someone you love–or need to love better–can happen anytime, anywhere. Praying, continually. That’s what matters.
You can print off four at a time–you must know four friends who could use the list. And if you’re a retired Kgt. teacher like Katie, you will laminate it because that’s what Kgt. teachers do.

Praying in private

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 NLT

Never stop praying. I Thessalonians 5:16 NLT

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 NLT

Praying in private

Kirt and his catch. I’m thinking Katie–the catch of his life–prayed.

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  • Reply Becky Jones September 30, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Sue, Have you and Mark been to see “War Room”? We still have not been but know the lady who plays the young lady in the movie. Tony Evans’ daughter who is a preacher and I saw his picture on Focus of the Family years ago and sometimes I watch him on Sunday. We are studying Beth Moore’s book on Daniel. And it is good. We have 5 days of homework. It really makes you grow if you do the study day by day.

  • Reply Kristi Woods September 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Love the idea. Have heard of it, but hadn’t seen the printable until now. Great idea! Love your writing style, too. Enjoyed visiting today via #coffeeforyourheart.

    • Reply Sue September 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Kristi, it’s a good one (especially when I remember to do it!) Appreciate your stopping by.

    I do talk to myself (a lot) — but I’d love to hear what you might have to say HERE: