Staying on track—with silent prayer

How often at the end of a day have we looked back on what we've thought or said or done, and wished we'd done it better, wished we'd stayed on track with our highest values and goals? Getting off track—perhaps with worry, with actions racing ahead of reason, with stressful words that unintentionally pull people down rather than build them up—this, we realize, is not the most economical use of our days. We'd all like to avoid taking wrong steps on the road of progress—steps that we only need to retrace.

Yet, we can keep on track. There is great hope in the very fact that we desire to bring out higher ideals in our lives. And this desire is nurtured and brought to fruition especially through silent prayer to God. Christ Jesus recommended such prayer by all those who would follow the noble spiritual ideals he sets forth in his teaching and example. 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).

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