Dear Fellow Pray-ers
What an urgent and clear opportunity we all have to be praying for our world at the moment. When we think about it “self isolation” is a specific demand to renew our commitment to that same demand Christ Jesus asked of his followers, – to be in “self isolation” when he told us: “Pray without ceasing.” And he told us how to do this: “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.”(SH 14:31)
Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy expands on this “self isolation” in the Textbook, when she writes: “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.” … The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love. Closed to error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa. The Father in secret is unseen to the physical senses, but He knows all things & rewards according to motives, not according to speech. To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error. In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God’s allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We must “pray without ceasing.” Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. (SH 14:31; 15:3–22 The)
There are 10 “musts” here, so strong demands!
Don’t you love it when she tells us that we must have “audience with Spirit.?!” Audio means to hear or listen, so in this closet of prayer, we do not talk to God; rather we listen and hear what God is saying about His own loved, beautiful, untouched creation.