When we pray in communion with the Lord, our utmost desire is that our Heavenly Father hears our prayer. It is essential to understand how to gain access into His presence so that our prayers are not futile. The key to the secret place is the key that The Lord has placed in or given to us to enable us gain direct access into His presence.
It is important to spend personal quality time with the Lord to develop our intimacy with Him and help us to grow in our relationship with our Heaven Father. The secret place is a place where you are in communion with the Lord one to one, spirit to spirit and heart to heart. The key to the secret place draws us into His presence (Psalm 91:1).
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 Matthew 6:6. Intimacy with the Lord is developed in His presence where your joy is complete and you live life in abundance.
What hinders you from entering the secret place?
Keeping malice and grudges against people especially your brothers and sisters in Christ displeases the Lord. The Word of God encourages us to love our brothers and sisters because we love God and God is love (1 John 4:8). Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you Ephesians 4:31-32. Learn to let it go and lay it all down at the foot of the cross. Your utmost desire is to enter into the presence of the Lord, therefore nothing shall separate you from the love of God
Bitterness is an emotional reaction caused as consequences of anger, pains, hurts, offense and so on. When you allow your emotional feelings to take control, the Holy Spirit departs from you and this blocks your access into the secret place. You need to guard your heart with the shield of faith against every fiery darts of the enemy and put on the full armour of Christ our saviour.
When someone speaks wrongly of you or acts in a way that offends you. Think about the cross and Jesus act of sacrifice that He has already paid it all. Therefore you choose not to be offended by any words or action that would try to disconnect you from the presence of God. It is a choice you have to make. If anyone offends you do not hesitate to forgive them. As you forgive our Father in heaven will forgive you through the power of the blood of Jesus (Matthew 6:12, Colossians 1:14, 2:13, Ephesians 1:7). Your prayers and entering into His presence could be hindered by unforgiving spirit, grudges that are led by the sinful nature or flesh.
An unforgiving spirit is of the flesh that leads to death for to be carnally minded is death. When you forgive others our Father in heaven forgives you otherwise your prayers are hindered (Matthew 6:14). When someone offends you, it is necessary to go back and make peace with the person so that your communion to the Lord would be like a sweet fragrance to the Lord. The Lord Jesus encourages us to forgive as many times, not keeping records of the past sins but letting it go (Matthew 18:15-16, 21-22)
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God Galatians 5:19-21.
Next week I would expand even further on what opens, unlocks or activates a complete direct access to the secret place.
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