By Dr. Tim Clinton
“Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. Christian character grows in the secret place of prayer.”
The “secret place”. Where God abides. Where He sees into our hearts and minds. The room in which God is in touch with the things we think go unnoticed, but matter deeply to Him and us.
And by the way, Jesus added – “your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6 ESV) Sowing in the secret place of prayer, reaps God’s rewards.
Jesus understood this. When the “great crowds gathered to hear Him (Jesus) and to be healed of their infirmities” (Luke 5:15 ESV) there was the potential for His life to become frantic and a bit chaotic. Vs. 16 says that it was at those times that Jesus “would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
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Tim Clinton, Ed. D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who recently married Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.
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