Citations and Notes from Sunday School Class – 2/28/99
The “Must” Page
(12) 14:31to 16:5
"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."
So spake Jesus. 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. To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.
In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We must "pray without ceasing." Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice.
The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity.
A great sacrifice of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding.
…… Such prayer heals sickness, and must
Destroy sin and death.
Let’s List Them:
1. the door of the erring senses must be closed.
2. Lips must be mute
3. and materialism (must be) silent
4. In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet
5. (we must) shut the door.
6. We must close the lips
7. (we must) silence the material senses
8. we must deny sin
9. (we must) plead God's allness.
10. We must resolve to take up the cross,
11. (we must) go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love.
12. We must "pray without ceasing."
Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. (Are we expressing self-forgetfulness, purity and affection in our relationships with friends and family? What kind of friend would you like to have?—0ne who is unaffectionate, impure and selfish?)
13. A great sacrifice of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding.
14. Such prayer heals sickness, and must destroy sin and death.
The Lord’s Prayer and Mrs. Eddy’s spiritual interpretation: The “must” page precedes the interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer and outlines how we “rise above material sensuousness and reach spiritual consciousness”. This consciousness is contained in the Lord’s Prayer and instantaneously heals the sick!
Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord's Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.
Here let me give what I understand to be the spiritual sense of the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
(Heaven=harmony=health) – Definition of Health from Rudimental Divine Science:
Health is the consciousness of the unreality of pain and disease; or, rather, the absolute consciousness of harmony and of nothing else.
Hallowed be Thy name.
(Do you adore the one God? Do you adore God as mush
as God adores you?-the one adorable, unique and indispensable expression of Himself?)
30 Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
1 Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know,--as in heaven, so on earth,--God is omnipotent, supreme.
No evidence before the material senses can close my eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme.
Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
You must feel the Love that never faileth,-that perfect sense of divine power that makes healing no longer power but grace. " -WKMBE, SECOND SERIES, PAGE 25.
6 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;
God is reflected in your being:
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
(What is temptation but the belief in matter’s ability to give pleasure, power, etc-that disease is real and can cause pain or that Life is not infinite?)
12 For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.