Bible Reading: Psalms 119:9-11
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
The secrets we hide away have enormous power over our lives. How many of our addictive/compulsive behaviors were hidden or covered up? When we took the step to admit the exact nature of our wrongs to another human being, we were amazed at the way the addiction lost power as it was exposed. The power of hidden behaviors and secrets can work for us as well as against us.
David said, "I have hidden your [God's] word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119: 11). The word rendered hidden can be translated "to hide by covering over" or "to hoard secretly." If we "hide" God's Word in our hearts by memorizing and imagining it, we will find new power to keep our minds and hearts clean.
The power of secrets also will work to our advantage in our prayer lives. Jesus taught us, "But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you" (Matthew 6:6). Secrets have a way of being exposed. When we begin to use our ability to keep secrets for prayer and meditation, we'll find that power working for us. And if these secrets are "exposed," it will be God's rewards that people see.
Special secrets with God can overpower the destructive secrets that hide within us.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.