I just started reading Bob Sorge’s book, Secrets of the Secret Place. There are a number of great insights and quotes that make this book worth picking up. My devotional life has hit a low point for… well too long. This book is beginning to reignite some former desire to press into my time of sitting at the feet of Christ and being more of a listener and less of distracted doer. I’m going to add to this post each day quotes that I find noteworthy and worth chewing on until it becomes assimilated and part of my internal fabric of the soul.
When we learn to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, we are positioning ourselves to discover the key to true kingdom fruitfulness. Reproductive power is unlocked in the shadow of the Almighty. (p. 5)
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place…” (Mt. 6:6). When Jesus taught on prayer… the first thing He taught was the primacy of the secret place. In the verses following, He would teach us how to pray, but first where to pray… Jesus is saying, “Your Father is already in the secret place. He has gone on ahead of you; He is waiting for you. The moment you get to the secret place, you are in the immediate presence of your Father.” Jesus affirmed this truth twice in the same chapter. He says it the second time in Matthew 6:18, “So that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who is in secret will reward you openly.” [p. 8]
To get there all you have to do is shut the door! When you enter your room, and shut the door, you are in the presence of your Father. Instantaneously! It matters not how you feel. Regardless of your soul’s climate at that moment… you have stepped into the chamber of your Father in heaven. The secret place is your portal to the throne…” [p.8]
There are some storms that have yet to hit your life. The question is, will you have the foundation in place [the rock] to survive the storms? Those who hear this word and do it will not only enjoy intimacy with the Father on a daily basis, but they will also be equipped to sustain the greatest storms… [p.9]
We close the door to the secret place so that we might shut out all distracting voices and tune our hearts to the one voice we long to hear. [p. 10]
Jesus cried out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mt. 13:9). His words hit me like a freight train. I realized that everything in the kingdom depends upon whether or not we hear the word of God… the word “hear” is the most important word in the Bible! The most important treasures in the kingdom are predicated upon the necessity of hearing God… For this reason, I strongly advocate for a prayer life that is comprised mostly of silence. It’s a great delight to talk to God, but it’s even more thrilling when He talks to us. I’ve discovered that He has more important things to say than I do. Things don’t change when I talk to God; things change when God talks to me…. so the power of prayer is found, not in convincing God of my agenda, but in waiting Him to hear His agenda. [p. 11]