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Our ‘closet’ of heartfelt, healing prayer

From the June 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A few years ago I heard about a little boy who loved learning about his Father-Mother God. In Christian Science Sunday School class he had learned about Christ Jesus’ teaching concerning prayer. Jesus instructed: “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 6:6).

Entering into our closet in prayer involves drawing closer to God, seeking a deeper sense of His allness, love, and care. This little boy was so moved by Jesus’ words, and he so desired to know God better, that he decided he would follow that instruction literally, in the best way he knew how. So he took his small chair into his own bedroom closet; and with his Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and a small flashlight, he would sit and read, just praying to better know God.

Although that Bible verse has always been important to me too, hearing this story about the little boy stirred such a fresh love in my heart for that particular instruction about prayer that I’ve been holding it in my heart more and more.