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‘When thou prayest …’

From the June 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christ Jesus’ disciples once asked him to teach them how to pray.

The Master’s thoughts on how to pray correctly were included in his Sermon on the Mount. At that time, he also explained the incorrect way to approach prayer, and showed the consequences of each choice. His recommendations to his disciples, recorded in the Scriptures, deserve both deep pondering and application. Jesus said, “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).

The Master first calls the person who will be doing the praying to attention. And we can respond with an open and willing mind and heart—with dedicated, precious moments of heavenly communication. It is not a frivolous or self-seeking choice. It is the deep and sincere desire to consciously know our oneness with God. 

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