Living Free - Aug. 20, 2013


A New Kind of Closet

Today's Scripture

"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." (Matthew 6:6 KJV)

Thoughts for Today

In the gay world, the word closet is used to describe a place of secrecy and shame—hence, the encouragement to come out of the closet and embrace your homosexuality. In the world of Christian discipleship, the word closet describes a place of secrecy and prayer. It is important to step back into the closet—this time a closet of prayer.

Many homosexuals have become Christians, but some became discouraged and disappeared back into their old life. Others become perpetual strugglers who never get beyond the support group phase. But then there are those who become church leaders and ministers. Often the difference between the three is found in their prayer habits. Many have come out of the deepest cesspools of sin and darkness but early in their Christian walk turned to prayer.

Consider this …

Prayer is the life source of any Christian. Study the life of Christ and read how often he disappeared to pray. If he needed prayer, we need it so much more. Each day, many voices pull us in different directions . . . our family, our friends, our employer . . . television, Internet, music . . . distractions and temptations . . . the busyness of life. We can talk to God anytime, anywhere, but in our prayer closet, it is easier to focus on only one voice—God's. Your prayer closet may not be a literal closet, but find that special place to spend time with God.

"Time with him can give us the strength to make right choices. As my faith grew, prayer became a significant factor in the transformation of my heart as God changed its desires, and those temptations that were once overwhelming became less frequent."

Do you have a prayer closet? How often do you go there? He is waiting.

Prayer

Father, I thank you for the great privilege of being able to enter your presence. Thank you for inviting me to spend time alone with you. Forgive me for doing that so little. Help me be more faithful. In Jesus' name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from . . .

Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness by Tammy Webb-Witholt. This group study offers biblical tools, along with an abundance of hope, to anyone struggling with homosexuality. It is also a great group for anyone desiring a deeper walk with God. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study.

 

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