The Hebrew letter dalet is my favorite. Dalet means door. I love that. A door is an opportunity – to shut ourselves in or to take a step out.
Look at these words of Jesus.
“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.” Matthew 6:6
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
That is really exciting to me! I don’t think it is a coincidence which door came first. The first door we need to concern ourselves with is the one that we close when we enter into the secret place with the Lord. He said to go in and close the door. Doesn’t sound like a five minute devotional on the toilet, does it?
This Word directs us to go in with the Lord and shut out the world around us. We have to close the door on every distraction, including those within our own thoughts, our own will, our own desires, so that we can pray to the Father and hear His voice. We need a quiet place to read the Word and meditate on God’s thoughts. He is there in that secret place, and the Word promises that He will reward us for the time we spend behind that door.
How does He reward us? The answer is in the second Scripture. What we ask, He will give; what we seek, He will provide; and when we knock on that door, He will open it and lead us into opportunities we never thought possible.
The key to that open door is the closed door. God may not grant every single prayer request, but He surely honors those requests that are seeking His face, His will, His kingdom. And when we shut ourselves in with Him, that’s the direction He leads our hearts. That’s why Jesus could confidently speak those words in Matthew 7.
So if you are seeking an open door in your life right now, maybe it’s time to close the door. And if you have been in the room for a while now, keep knocking. Jesus said the door would be opened. And when it does, you’ll be ready.