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. (Matthew 6:6)

    From my reading the series of three prayer books from Fr. Thomas Dubay ( reviews for all three are on this site), I have a vivid memory of his comments on this one verse of scripture. It is such a small, yet specific level of detail that Jesus, the creator of the entire universe (see John 1:3) would teach us to go to our rooms and shut the door when we pray.  No matter how many books on prayer one might read this seemingly trivial detail from Jesus is still more important and anything someone else could tell you.  This is not to say that public prayer within a Church or some other gathering is not to be done, because we should pray in both ways, both in community and alone.  This verse teaches us that we have a need to sometimes pray alone.  When we pray alone, Jesus wants us to close out the world and the noise and sights, and be just with him.  Humanity has needed this advice for 2000 years, perhaps more so now then ever before.

Jesus is the greatest teacher, and this teaching on prayer is so simple to do, we just have to go do it…

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