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
Secret. Alone. Things not known to others. Three times in the sixth chapter of Matthew believers are urged to do things in secret: in giving, prayer and fasting.
Our worship done in secret is an intimate act meant to glorify him only. We are placing him first on the altar of our heart.
We are the bride of Christ.
It’s a testament to our relationship with him as we keep our union with him as if it were our most sacred marriage.
When married and one with someone, we don’t share our intimate thoughts and secrets with others outside the union — especially to get attention.
When we share our giving or pray and fast to be seen, we are in essence wanting recognition for ourselves and worshipping ourselves as our own god. Our efforts have nothing to do with God or glorifying him. If anything, we want recognition from man.
When we boast about our acts of giving, prayer and fasting — it cripples God’s abilities because we aren’t exhibiting faith and belief that the fruits of our labors will come forth.
Check your motives before you open your mouths to share. Measure your heart and intent. Are you your own god or am I your most holy God?
Secrecy equals intimacy. God is looking for us to seek and rely on him in a true representation of his originally-intended marriage union — as his bride.