“The Master’s injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity.” (Science and Health, page 15)
While we may find times that public worship, congregational prayer, or a fellowship of praise feels right and uplifting, this is not the most vital thing we can do. Jesus taught his followers that true prayer was a private thing, a secret time with God. In this intimate space with divine Truth and Love, we find real healing and peace.
And we also find ourselves. In this uncluttered, undistracted, individual experience with God, we are able to truly hear what God would have us hear. Because we aren’t on display or trying to prove anything, we can and should be our honest selves, with the key quality of receptivity. The secret to success is to listen. It is to yield. It is also to know this prayerful place is not one that we are manufacturing. It is a sanctuary that God has constructed, designed to save, bless, and reveal reality.
As we take this admonition to heart and earnestly listen for God to tell us who we are and what is true, we are able then to live rightly. We attest to the sincerity of our prayer, its genuine willingness, its conscious devotion, by living a life that is in accord with what we have felt, seen, realized in those quiet moments with God.
We don’t need to be preaching to be praising. We don’t need to be in a public place of worship to be healing. We don’t need to shout our faith to prove we are worthy. We can simply yet powerfully live the gratitude that our secret prayer has given us.
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