A SPECIFIC ANSWER TO PRAYER

CHRIST JESUS, our great Exemplar, said (Matt. 6:6), "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." In elucidating Jesus' words, Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 15): "The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love. Closed to error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa. The Father in secret is unseen to the physical senses, but He knows all things and rewards according to motives, not according to speech."

As the student of Christian Science gains a scientific understanding of God's allness as infinite Mind, or Spirit, and man's spiritual, perfect, and immortal status as the son of God, he is awakened to the recognition that since Mind is the one supreme intelligence, his spiritual selfhood expresses, or reflects, this one all-knowing Mind, the same Mind reflected by Christ Jesus. Thus spiritually enlightened, he perceives that every right thought, every spiritual desire and pure motive which he entertains, emanates from divine Mind, the source of all good, and consequently is endued with spiritual power.

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