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By Samuel Liu
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you
What is the secret place? The secret place, where we meet with God individually, has both a physical dimension and a spiritual dimension. Let us just focus on the physical characteristics right now.
First of all, the secret place is where you don’t “multi-task” your relationship with God. It is where you’re not meeting with God and doing something else at the same time. You’re not praying and driving at the same time; you’re not worshipping and showering at the same time; though I do strongly encourage these lifestyles of constant prayer and worship! We are exhorted to “Pray without ceasing” in 1 Thes 5:17, and we should practice the presence of God in everything that we do.
However, to truly enter into the secret place, we need to focus on God with undivided attention. To enter into the inner court, the chamber of the King, no multi-tasking is allowed. God is worthy of our total devotion, of our spirit, soul, and body. And the secret place is a place of rest, without any spiritual striving on our part. We enter in by faith, no matter where we are in the physical realm.
It is possible to enter into the secret place in a crowd of people, where no one is engaging you, but the best secret place, in the physical sense, is the place where you are totally alone with God, whether in a private room, or out in nature without a living soul in sight. Sometimes the best secret place is in the backseat of my car in a safe, quiet parking lot.
If there is no secret place at home or at work, we need to radically pursue a physical environment where we can enter in without distraction. We need to jealously cultivate and guard our intimacy with God. So, if you haven’t found a secret place yet, search for it with all your might, because when you discover it you will find Father God waiting for you there.
By Samuel Liu
In the secret place or in a corporate gathering, we can encounter God by engaging in different “positions” such as waiting, standing, watching, calling, listening, resting, and many more. Each of these “position” is biblical (with references in Scripture), and each requires the participants to align their spirit, soul, and body in a different manner to encounter God.
These positions are all “active” postures of engaging God, though resting is an active posture different from the others. To delve and explore each position would take many books and pages, and I would encourage you to study each one on your own in your personal Bible study time.
As you daily enter into the secret place, you can first ask the Holy Spirit what position He would like you to be in. And when you receive the answer, you can align your spirit, soul, and body in that position, and have great expectation of experiencing all that God has for you during that secret time!
Sometimes, the Lord will have us maintain a particular position in the secret place day after day, for weeks or months, for even entire seasons of our lives! The reason is so that we can receive all that God has for us, through us being obedient in that position. Each position is a channel that God uses to reveal a different aspect of Himself to us, to reveal a different aspect of the kingdom of God, and/or to lead us in different aspects of spiritual warfare.
Through waiting we can come to know the God of hope, the God who is faithful, and the God who is never late. Through watching we can see what God sees, gain eternal perspective, and understand the signs of the time (Matt 16:3). And through resting we can cast all our cares and burdens upon Him, experience the Father’s love, and receive healing and restoration for our souls (Ps 23:2-3). These are just some examples of what we can learn by being in these positions.
There is so much more that we can receive from God. Let us all learn to engage God in these different positions, and encounter Him like never before.
I will be playing my electric violin for worship Saturday night at this 2-day soaking/intimacy conference at my church, Word of His Grace, in Bothell, WA. The details are below!
The Secret Place Event
May 15-16, 2009
with Marguerite Evans
You are invited to join us for a time of worship, sharing and ministry.
Teaching will cover topics: Intimacy and Your Destiny; Inner Beauty; Who is the Holy Spirit?
Marguerite Evans is the Catch the Fire (CTF) Ministries National Coordinator for Soaking Prayer Centers in the US (WWW.ctfministries.com). Marguerite co-hosts with Gordon Robertson the CBN live Spiritual Gifts Webcast on Tuesdays at 7 pm EST (www.cbn.com). She has also been a guest host on the 700 Club. She is also owner of Marguerity Evans Inc. Finishing School which focuses on Inner and Outer beauty (www.margueriteevans.com).
Times: Friday at 7 pm, Saturday 10 am and 7 pm
There is no registration fee, we will take a love offering for CTF.