Before moving on from “praying in secret,” Bunge notes one final thing about this kind of praying. It is the preservation of sacred meeting ground between God and us (p. 57).
Many of our blessings are mediated through third-party experiences. But there are things which need the direct connection between the Spirit of God and our spirit. Praying “in secret” is one way of eliminating everything except this One-to-one communication.
Years ago, I took seminary students to the Abbey of Gethsemani. On one such trip, one student had admittedly come along reluctantly. The “monk stuff” was just not for him. But as we walked together the next morning–after almost 24 hours of silence and solitude–he remarked to me, “Well, at least one thing. If you hear something here, you don’t have to wonder where it came from!”
Prayer “in secret” silences the many competing voices and allows us to attend to the singular Voice. If we hear something, we don’t have to wonder where it came from.