When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray in Matthew 6, one of the first things he told them to do was to go to their closets to pray.
“But when you pray, go into your [closet] and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6
In the context of verse five, going into ones closet is simply the opposite of standing on the street corner where everyone can see you – it’s an act of humility. But recently, I heard a sermon where I was challenged to consider the extent of the act of humility.
Think about it…
When you’re having company come over, where do you store all the “stuff” that you don’t want them to see?
In your closet.
Our Spiritual Closets
So in our spiritual lives, the “closet” is the place where we hide all our “stuff” that we don’t want the rest of the world to see. But God wants us to be vulnerable when we come to Him in prayer, allowing Him to see that “stuff” and help us clean it up.
When we go to God in prayer, we should not shove our “stuff” in the “closet,” but we should invite Him into our closet as we seek communion with Him through prayer.