The secret place of prayer

In New Testament times some worshipers would go to great lengths to be sure that others would notice their piety. They would stand at street corners or in the synagogues and make a show of praying. Christ Jesus dubbed such men "hypocrites." Jesus had a simple approach to prayer. He taught his disciples a different way to pray. He said, "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." Matt. 6:6.

Clearly, Jesus' teachings emphasize the accessibility of God. In fact, he indicated that those who pray to Him as a loving Father could expect that He already knows their needs even before they speak and that He will supply those needs. God was not to be verbally implored but to be recognized as the source of all good. Jesus' approach to prayer was one of communion with a loving Father, in joy and expectation of good.

Living forever
October 12, 1987

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