Deep In The Soul
“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matthew 6:6)
The Deepest Prayer
“When you pray”
…here and now…
My past I place at Your mercy;
My future — I trust in Your will.
In this moment, help me to be:
Fully present, quiet, and still.
“Go to your inner room”
…listen to Him…
Lord, still my noisy heart and mind;
In silence, may I know You’re near.
I leave all of my self behind —
With all my soul, Your Word I hear.
“Close the door”
Lord, gather ev’ry faculty,
Which I surrender at Your feet,
Into silent tranquility —
In the soul’s sheer silence, we meet.
“Pray to your Father in secret”
Lord, in this solitude we share,
Your Word breathes life within my soul;
Your Presence, pinnacle of prayer:
Ignites and flames like a hot coal.
“And your Father who sees in secret will repay you”
…respond with gratitude…
Lord, thank you for this gift of prayer;
Your kingship in this lowly place:
My beggar soul is but a lair,
Transformed to Your palace by grace!
(c) Paul Buis, 2005