"You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence."--Psalms31:20 NKJV
"What exactly is the secret place? Matthew wrote that when we pray, we should not pray so that men could hear us for we would receive our reward from men, but that we should pray in a room, with a closed door (Matthew 6:5 NKJV loosely translated). In other words, in a place with just you and God. It could be either your closet, or your bedroom. It can even be a cave! The point is, prayer should only be heard by God. What is prayer? It is NOT a wish list where you say, "God, I need a new car, a better husband," or whatever you pray and that's it. Prayer is a two way communication. It is similar to you talking to a friend on a phone. Do you call your friend just to tell her about our day and not ask about hers? Solomon wrote that a fool delights in airing his own opinion. We should hear the other side too and it should be that when we pray. Many times people would pray and not wait to hear what God has to say. It is in that secret place where God can speak to you.
The secret place is free from distractions. When we are in that place, we should turn off distractions. When God speaks, it may not be audible enough to hear above it. We should off everything going around us so we can hear him. When Elijah was in a cave, the scripture says, that God didn't speak in an earthquake and fire, but in a still small voice (1king 19, 11,12 NKJV).
"Andrew’s muscles tightened. Julie was unusually quiet, and she hardly touched her food. He drew his eyebrows together. “You okay?” He touched her hand.
“Trying to stay in God’s presence.”
Warmth flooded his body. As long as she stayed in His presence that bozo couldn’t harm her. The man was no match for God. When he prayed that morning, he gave his anger and discontentment to God. He even surrendered Julie to Him, and peace had flooded his heart. He would help her grow in her faith. “That’s good that you are doing that. God is here, and He is stronger than your enemies.”
Her eyes widened in surprise. “Oh wow! That is the best thing you have ever said!” She smiled widely"
In that secret place, God will protect you. I often time felt his protection. Even when I go walking on a daily basis, I know that God will keep me safe, but it's not just when I'm outside. At my desk, I sense his presence or when listening to worship music because I am in that secret place.
Have you experience his presence like that?
Note from author Ruthie Madison. I have given you examples from my story based on a review on my book. Please do not use the excerpts for your gain. I hope my blogs have encouraged you in your walk of faith.
That night, as Julie spent time in prayer, the air chilled. Julie’s ears perked up to any outside sou"Tha"t "That night, as Julie spent time in prayer, the air chilled. Julie’s ears perked up to any outside sounds, but all was quiet. Too quiet. She walked to the window. A woman closed her car door, followed by a man stepping out and leading her to the motel. Across the street, a woman walked her German Shepard, but no lone man. Must be my imagination.
Julie returned to her time in prayer.
A few minutes later, an unexpected knock startled her.
Julie slowed her breath. It was that man. Why would Jesus warn her not to answer?
“Flower delivery!” a young male voice answered.
“What’s taking him long?” Drew muttered under his breath. He had left to deliver the flowers ten minutes ago! Julie should have accepted them by now. Maybe he should have had the note read “From lover boy.” He cackled. His words caught in his throat. Why hadn’t he thought about that? If Eric found out that Julie had moved on, it would destroy him. Ahh, but he wanted her for himself. And his day would come.
The delivery boy had returned with the flowers and the note. Drew lips pressed in straight line. “She won’t accept them. I even told him they were from her new friend. She won’t even answer the door.”
His stomach clenched. What woman would not want flowers? “Did you tell her they were yellow?” He shook his head, and Drew’s heart rate went up. “You should have. They are her favorite.” He prided himself on that knowledge. “Thanks for trying.” He took the flowers and put them in the seat.
The next time, he would succeed." ---from The Past Hunter.
When we pray, we are in that secret place just as Julie was. David wrote that if we abide under the shadow of the almighty, God will protect us. Reciting Psalms 91 won't guarantee protection. It tells us what happens when we abide in Him. If we stay in his presence, God can be our protection. Psalms 31 is a prayer to God, asking him to protect him. He wrote, "Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I can be safe." God protected David and He can protect you. Many people today fear they would get covid. They wear a mask to protect them, or they ask God to protect them, but they still wear a mask (and out in public and in their own cars!) It is understandable if you want to respect people, but we need God's protection more than we need a mask. God is much bigger than something that covers our face, don't you think?
"Show good Christian values and tells of the need to pray" A review from Amazon
As Julie worshipped God, she fell into a trance. The hair on the back of her neck lifted as she had a vision of a man with a man getting off a train. “Who is he?”
“This man wants nothing more than to have you for himself.”
“Is this the same man who stalked me?”
“Yes. And he is back for vengeance.”
“Why? What have I done? Wasn’t he arrested?”
“Eric still loves you, and this man will do anything to destroy him.”
Julie lost her breath. “But he is serving a two-year jail time!”
“That doesn’t matter to him. You must be on guard and continue to abide in me.”
As the vision ended, God gave her the strength to pray. He had protected her before. He would do it again. She was not about to leave Marysville. It had become her home. She had dated Andrew for a year now, and she was ready for a proposal. She had a job she left. It wouldn’t be fair if she left Marysville like she left Montana. God would have her back.
Julie closed her eyes and uttered words no human could understand....
Julie didn't learn about the power of prayer until she met Beth Miller and became friends with her. Julie needed God's protection because her ex-boyfriend's (or was he?) half brother followed her to California all the way from Montana with the intent to harm her. If she didn't seek God's protection by praying and staying in His presence, the villain would win out, and we wouldn't want that, would we?
I am a person of prayer too. My mother taught my sister and I the importance of prayer, but I learn another form of prayer, one that would confound the enemy and could read about that in my books. It's called praying in tongues. 1st Corinthians 14:13-19, Paul wrote that if we pray in tongues, we should also pray in own her language. Praying in the tongues confuses the enemies. he only knows the language of the earth because he is carnal and not spiritual, but the Holy Spirit knows what we are praying. (Read Romans 8).
Prayer should be an important part of every believer's life and I show it in my books. In book one and two Julie needed it for protection, but prayer is not a one way communication. It's a not a wish list where a person prays, "Dear God, please heal my husband, please give me an increase income," etc. Of course God wants to heal, but he wants to speak to you to and see that in my books. You'll see that God speaks to my characters because I know he speaks to me. He speaks to us in more than one ways. (Read Encounter God about the ways God speaks to us)
If you have never spoke in tongues, it starts with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Once you receive that, you are endowed with the language of the Spirit. For more information on Praying in other tongues read Acts 2.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.