©Jeanne E Webster
Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.”
If you hear me say, “I’ve got to go to my closet,” it is not what you think. It means that I must retire to a quiet place.
Did you play “Pretend” when you were a child? We would make believe we had an invisible friend to relate to, talk to; we’d just have fun. This friend was as real as real could be, when you are a child. One day you grow up and realize that this was merely child’s play.
Now you are grown and no longer play “Pretend.” Now you have a real friend, your personal Savior, Jesus Christ. You can walk with Him and talk with Him, and He is as real as any person you’ve ever seen. Grownups call this talking to Jesus prayer. He is there to share your needs, your joys, your burdens and those of others. You look upon prayer as a serious privilege and duty.
When you pray for the needs of others, what is really happening? You have taken their hand and walked with them into the presence of the Lord. From there you commune with Jesus about the need. Quieting your mind and spirit, you enter into this prayer “closet” and tell Jesus all about it. From your heart and soul, you bear the burdens to Him. Look full into Jesus’ face.
The Holy Spirit prays for you as you meditate through the session. “Lord, this is my friend, Mary, and she is in need of your help. She is suffering from dizziness and severe headaches. . . ” And you continue in spirit, hushed by the stillness and peace emanating from His presence.
It is a special time, a moment when Spirit speaks with spirit. You come away with the sense that it is in God’s hand, and His peace reigns supreme in your heart and in the heart of the one in need. All is well.
Jesus, Kneel Beside Me
~Allen Eastman Cross
Jesus, kneel beside me in the dawn of day;
Thine is prayer eternal—Teach me how to pray!
Master, work beside me in the shining sun;
Gently guide Thy servant till the work be done.
Saviour, watch beside me in the closing light;
Lo, the evening cometh—watch with me this night!
Birds are winging homeward, sun and shadow cease;
Savior, take my spirit to Thy perfect peace.