In his book, The Possibilities of Prayer, E. M. Bounds writes:
The unfailing remedy for all burdensome, distressing care is prayer. The place where the Lord is at hand is the closet of prayer. There he is always found, and there he is at hand to bless, to deliver and to help. The one place where the Lord’s presence and power will be more fully realized than any other place is the closet of prayer.
Nothing is Too Great or Small
In Philippians 4:6, the Apostle Paul says, "In everything, let your requests be made known to God." In short, he is instructing us to go to the closet. In the closet of prayer there is nothing too great or too difficult to present to God. There is nothing too small. There is nothing too little. As there are no small things with God, so there are no small things in prayer.
God wants us to bring everything, big or small, temporal or eternal, physical or spiritual, to him in prayer. Since God counts the hairs on our head and takes note when a little sparrow falls to the ground, he is aware of every detail of our lives. Whatever affects us concerns him. Go to the closet and bring your requests to God.
Know that God Hears You
Prayer is asking God for something which we do not have, which we desire, and which he has promised to give us in answer to prayer. Prayer is really verbal asking. The praying person is one who wants something which he does not have. He may be bewildered, oppressed or confused. But he believes deeply that God hears and answers prayer. He believes that Jesus meant it when he said, "Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). The promise is clear: In everything, we can make our requests known to God.
God will Reward You
When Jesus taught on prayer in Matthew 6:6, he said, "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."
In short, Jesus is telling us to go to the closet. It is there where we can request help for ourselves, our loved ones, our present troubles and our future decisions. Our time alone with God in the closet of prayer is powerful. Prayer influences God and it gives us a peace that we cannot explain.
As the old poem goes:
Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For his grace and power are such
None can ever ask too much.
It’s time to go to the closet!
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