Matthew 6:6; “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Many times in Rabbi Yahshua’s ministry we find him removed from people, in a quiet solitary place, alone with YHWH deeply immersed in concentrative prayer.
Luke 5:16; “But Yahshua often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Luke 6:12; “It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He (Yahshua) spent the whole night in prayer to Elohim.”
Matthew 14:23; “After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.”
After Yahshua’s immersion he heads into the wilderness unaccompanied. Mark 1:12-13; “At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by HaSatan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.”
And right before Yahshua’s crucifixion he chooses to pray alone. Matthew 26:36; “Then Yahshua came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, 'Sit here while I go over there and pray.'"
Even all Israel had to go out into the wilderness to experience YHWH unaccompanied by the watchful eyes of other nations.
Why is this so important? YHWH seeks open and honest communication and the best way for this to occur is when one is alone, unhindered by the temptation to posture prayer for anyone nearby. If one is engaged in public prayer, such as in a large gathering at the Western Wall, it is traditional to speak no more than above a whisper, so the words spoken are only heard by the one who is praying. Matthew 6:5 "When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”
Encouragement and compliments on the elegance of another’s prayer endangers the recipient by inhibiting his reward to be confined to the earthly realm rather than allowing his Heavenly treasury to be added to.
A believer will hide himself away from the distractions of the world and commune with the Father in deep reflective prayer. Furthermore, such a person will immerse himself in deep contemplation of the Word, by mulling over small pieces of Scripture.
For example, what is the meaning of the following verse? 1 Peter 4:8; “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” How does love cover a multitude of sins?
Once, while a Rabbi was visiting a mental hospital, he noticed a patient who was covered in welts and wounds from head to toe. He asked some of the other patient’s, “Why is this man so badly wounded?” The other patients explained the situation: “Sometimes we mental patients grow unruly and downright wild. When we really get out of control, the orderlies restrain us and sometimes even hit us. Now, most of us have relatives who visit and take an interest in our welfare. The orderlies are afraid to be too rough on the patients who have family, lest the visitors discover the abuse and complain to the authorities. But that lonely patient over there has no relatives or any visitors of any kind. Therefore, the orderlies beat him without any restraint and when they loose their tempers he bears the brunt of it.”
The rabbi immediately approached the hospital staff and informed him that this patient was his relative. True to his word, the Rabbi came to visit the man at least once a month on Rosh Chodesh, and displayed his concern by bringing the patient little presents and treats. (A Tzaddik in Our Time)
Upon deep contemplation of this story and 1 Peter 4:8 an inner understanding takes place. Now on the surface, this Rabbi was bearing false witness to the hospital staff by lying to them in saying that the beaten patient was his relative, but his motivation was purely grounded in love which covers a multitude of sins.
Psalms 41:2; “Praiseworthy is he who contemplates those who need care; on the day of crisis YHWH will surely deliver him.”
Aside from direct prayer, the key to drawing closer to YHWH is to grab hold of a verse that particularly captures your attention and contemplate it whilst you study other Bible related texts.
The most frequent form of communication the Heavenly Father uses to speak to a believer is through the Word itself; not through visions, manifestation, audible voices, or heart tugs during prayer, but through good old fashion study and pouring over pages of Scripture. In doing this sometimes an event or even a supposedly unrelated piece of information can unlock a deeper understanding of YHWH’s Word.
This is one of the things the Father showed me when I was up in Newcastle for the week all by myself. Praised be the Name of YHWH.