“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.” (Science and Health, page 15)
The most effective prayer is one that is all about God. To really be at one with His purpose and in full awareness of His loving goodness, we must deny that which is unlike Him, those other “gods” that would divide our loyalty and muddy our clear and certain answer.
Take your devotion to God, to Spirit, Life and Love, into the closet of your prayer. Your “earnest longings” are allowed in. That yearning heart that seeks a better understanding of God and His presence demonstrates receptive humility and a readiness to believe what God would tell us in this sacred place.
Our prayer is about God. God is Spirit. He is Love. He isn’t impressed with or swayed by complaint, a recounting of symptoms and lack and sins. These must be denied a hearing, so that God, Truth, can have His healing moment with us. God does not need to know our problems for He is active in being the solution, the fullness, the completeness, the Love that the human sense would yearn to know.
Quiet the words and do your best to turn away from the senses. Then your prayer will be one that is listening for the Word of Truth with a stillness that is ready to hear it and to be embraced in the loving, healing allness of God.
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