The Bible is full of secrets, many of them are easy to find if you have the key. The main key is Greek language in which the New Testament was written. Although sometimes, we just need to take it literally as in this case.
“The nature of prayer is misunderstood; many people see it as an opportunity to petition an unseen deity for benefits for self or others. This is unnecessary as Matthew reports, “your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” So if prayer is not for petitioning “our Father” what is it for? We could then say that it is for thanking this deity for benefits bestowed. That may be helpful but does it really tell us about the nature and purpose of prayer?
If we follow the words in this text closely we are told: ‘Go into your inner chamber and shut the way into it.’ This suggests that we ‘will cease our outer activity and withdraw into ourselves and shut the way into it by stopping all the extraneous thoughts about our daily life’. Or, we could continue our daily duties and stop worrying about life knowing that “our Father” is on the case. Then our life becomes continuously prayerful.” ~Kristina Kaine Who is Jesus : What is Christ Volume 2
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Image from the Book of Hours