Before Jesus taught us what to pray, he taught us how to pray.
Jesus said, “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).
Let me highlight three words you probably glossed over: “shut the door.”
Sit with that for a moment. Our Lord is telling us that in order to have a productive prayer life, we will need to shut the door – to distractions, clutter, memories, unforgiveness, temptations, fantasies, etc.
Recover Step: Christopher Columbus said, “By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” Every time you seek solitude with God, something will compete for your attention. The answer? Shut the door to any and all outside distractions.