"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 (Matthew 6:5-6)."
Jesus admonished His disciples to not seek public recognition for their practice of prayer. He instructed them to go to a secret place to pray.
According to Time Magazine, the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds since the year 2000, to eight seconds due to an increase in digitalized lifestyles. This is less than the attention span of a goldfish, which is 9 seconds. The practice of praying in secret allows us to strengthen our focus and become more steadfast in prayer. In so doing, the Lord will respond openly to that which we pray for in private. Focused prayer gets results.
QUESTIONS: How long are you able to be focused in prayer before your mind begins to wander? What distractions do you need to eliminate in order to pray without interruption?