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.
~ New International Version
When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.
~ God’s Word Translation
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
~ King James Bible
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee. ~ American Standard Version
Some call it room: others refer to it as closet, or inner chamber. What kind of room is this? Is it any normal room? But Jesus says it is “your” room. So where is my room? Is it a room in my house?
The inner room is the center of my being, that place of peace, stillness, calm and serenity inside myself.
Go into your inner room, the room inside your own self, close the door, and listen. Be silent. Pay attention. Be alert. Just listen.
Give God time. Give God space. Just listen.
Don’t ask for anything. Just listen.
Connect. Communicate. Commune.
When you pray, go to your inner room, that room inside of your own self, close the door behind you, and listen. Don’t allow anything to distract you. Remain in silence. If something distracts you — a thought, a sensation in your body, or a noise in the environment — simply let go. Return to the state of stillness and serenity. Return to the silence.
When you pray, go to your inner room, that room inside of your own self, close the door behind you, and remain silent. And God who listens to you in the silence, will give you what you need, because He knows what you need.