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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. I’m not looking for wearing apparel. I must lift someone up to the Lord and need to retire to a quiet place, hence, my closet.
Did you play “Pretend” when you were a child? Many of us did. 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 it was merely child’s play.
Now grown and no longer playing games, I hope 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 or imagined. Jesus is there to share your needs, your joys, your burdens and those of others. Look upon prayer as a serious privilege and duty, along with a deep relationship, a holy union.
What is really happening when you pray for the needs of another? Do you understand this mystery?
You have taken their spirit’s need and drawn them into the presence of the Lord and formed a holy accord. Quieting your mind and spirit, you enter into this prayer closet and tell it all to Jesus. From your heart and soul, you bear those burdens to Him, and the Holy Spirit prays with you throughout this gathering.
Such as, “Lord, this is my friend, Mary, and she is in need of your help. She is suffering from dizziness and severe headaches. . . ”
You continue in spirit, hushed by the stillness and peace emanating from His presence. It is a special moment when Spirit speaks with spirit. In time you come away with the sense that the need is in God’s hand, and His peace reigns supreme in your heart and in the heart of the one in need. The Lord has heard . . . and 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.
Savior, 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. Amen