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Secret Prayer.

But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. – Matthew 6:6

One of the most important things we ever do in this world is to pray. No business transacted anywhere so deeply touches the interests of out lives. We ought therefore to learn to pray aright, so as to be sure of answer. We ought to be eager to get every smallest fragment of instruction about prayer.

In our word for today we have one of our Lord‘s plainest and most significant instructions about the manner and the nature of prayer. He is speaking, not of public prayer, as when the minister leads the congregation, but of personal prayer, when the child of God wants to talk to his Father of his own affairs, and lay at His feet his own individual burdens. We should seek to be alone in all such praying. Other presences about us disturb our thoughts and restrict our freedom. So we are to “enter into our closet” and “shut the door.”

This shutting of the door is significant in several ways. It shuts the world out. It secures us against interruption. It ought to shut out worldly thoughts and cares and distractions, as well as worldly presences. Wandering in prayer is usually one of our sorest troubles.

Then it shuts us in, and this also is important and significant. It shuts us in alone with God. No eye but His sees us as we bow in the secrecy. No ear but His hears us as we pour out our heart’s feelings and desires. Thus we are helped to realize that with God alone have we to do, that He alone can help us.

So we are shut up alone with God, so also are we shut up to God. There is precious comfort in the assurance that when we thus pray we are not talking into the air. There is an ear to hear, though we can see no presence, and it is the ear of our Father. This assures us of loving regard in heaven, also of prompt and gracious answer.

By Vine.

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How to Respond to Selfishness Within the Church.

EDITOR’S NOTE: He Said-She Said is a biweekly advice column for singles featuring a question from a reader with responses from a male and female point of view. If you’ve got a question about anything related to singleness or living the single life, please submit it to He Said-She Said (selected questions will be posted anonymously).

QUESTION: I am 26 Years old. I am heavily involved within my church as the head youth leader, member of the worship team, and leader of a bible study group. I also help in the process of connecting new people to the church.

I really struggle with the fact that all the other young adults (married and unmarried) in my church are so selfish. If a new person comes to church they are very cliquey and just don’t talk to them. The unmarried ones think they have it rough because they are single, and they also try to set me up with guys I’m not interested in! Sometimes I feel as if I am the only caring one in our young adults group. How do I stop feelings of judgment and jealousy?


As an active member of your church, I am confident you are using the gifts God has given you, built incredible relationships, and received some amazing blessings along the way.  These are the by-products of serving with an open heart.  However, a negative side effect can be feelings of exclusion or exclusivity.

When I was in a relatively similar situation, I had to force myself to step back once in awhile and reevaluate my heart and the reasons why I was doing what I was doing.  I concluded my actions had nothing to do with or was the concern of anyone outside of those whom I was accountable to or served.  I was called to a distinct role at that certain time and place, and was responsible for being obedient to His calling.

When I fully comprehended that, what someone else did or did not do in or for God’s kingdom became no concern of mine, nor should be judged by me.  We are all called to a specific purpose at a precise time when we are ready.  It is not my role to evaluate, monitor, control, scrutinize or determine what another person’s ministry or timeframe should be.

We are only accountable for ourselves, each of us having a unique function and responsibility.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body….Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor…so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  1 Corinthians 12:12-25

Since we live in a broken world within a society which places more emphasis on being self-made rather than self-less, we will always encounter those who seem to be living only for themselves.  However, we don’t know what another person may be doing beyond what we see and have no right to judge someone else’s heart.

Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  Matthew 6:6


You find yourself in a rough situation, and I commend you for a few things. First, your work in that church is clearly valuable. I’m sure you are such a blessing to the teams on which you serve, and especially to the visiting young adults.

I also want to encourage you, because you are trying to work out your own heart and actions as opposed to simply trying to change the people around you. You have discovered what most people take a lifetime to realize: you can only change yourself, not others.

So now, your question: How do I stop feelings of judgment and jealousy?

Try to remind yourself that everyone has a story, a reason, a motivation. You may not buy into the phrase “to know all is to forgive all” but we must remember that our Heavenly Father truly does forgive all! So we should strive to as well. Perhaps some of these less-than-courteous young people in your church are introverted and unobservant, and do not realize that they ostracize visitors. Perhaps they simply suffer from a typical case of Me-centeredness and do not have the servant’s conviction which you have cultivated. Whatever their reason for behaving this way, know that your continued godly example is still important. Your standard of conduct is high, because you serve a Holy, Good God.

After all, “though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it!” –Ephesians 5:8  

Have you ever discussed these problems with the people who bother you? We weren’t created to be mind-readers. Talking things out can be sticky and uncomfortable – and is certainly not always appropriate… But if you are cultivating bitterness inside and neither the responsible parties nor your fellow leaders know of it, that could lead to some pretty nasty backlash.

Keep in mind Jesus’ command that in order to be right with God, we must do everything to be right with others. If you feel jealousy and judgment swelling in your heart, know that God’s love and light are within you. You have the amazing opportunity to be that light to others. I hope that’s encouraging…even if it seems sometimes that you’re the only one.

HE is … Cliff Young, a contributing writer and a veteran single of many decades. He has traveled the world in search of fresh experiences, serving opportunities, and the perfect woman (for him) and has found that his investments in God, career and youth ministry have paid off in priceless dividends.

SHE is …  Debbie Wright, Assistant Editor for Family Content at Crosswalk. She lives in Glen Allen, Virginia and is an avid writer, reader, and participant in local community theatre.

DISCLAIMER: We are not trained psychologists or licensed professionals. We’re just average folk who understand what it’s like to live the solo life in the twenty-first century. We believe that the Bible is our go-to guide for answers to all of life’s questions, and it’s where we’ll go for guidance when responding to your questions. Also, it’s important to note that we write our answers separately (we think they sound eerily similar sometimes, too!). 

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Publication date: August 9, 2012

By Cliff Young, Debbie Wright

When You Pray.

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6
Recommended Reading Luke 11:1-13 ( )

Perhaps no two small words carry such huge implications as the words “if” and “when.”

And we often mix them incorrectly.

“If” carries with it a sense of contingency or uncertainty, while “when” conveys the opposite–a definite sense of certainty.

We often hear people say, “It’s not a case of  if , but  when .”

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( )

As Jesus taught the disciples about prayer, He did not use the word “if” as in, ” If  you pray”–as if it were possible that the disciples might not pray.

Instead, He said, “And  when  you pray…

But you,  when  you pray… And  when  you pray…” (Matthew 6:5-7).

And concerning needs the disciples had, He didn’t say, “Whatever things you ask  if  you pray,” but ” when  you pray” (Mark 11:24).

It was as if Jesus assumed the disciples would be continually about the activity of prayer.

Nowhere is that better captured than in the introduction to the model prayer (the “Lord’s Prayer”) He taught them: “So He said to them, ‘ When  you pray, say: “Our Father in heaven . . .'” (Luke 11:2).

Our goal should be to use “when,” not “if,” in referring to our prayer life.

Mature faith does not live by answers to prayer, but by prayer.  R. E. O. White
Read-Thru-the-Bible Job 17:1–20:29 ( ).

By David Jeremiah.

On Your Knees.

He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

This verse does not say that God rewards casual acquaintances or with those who know something about Him.

It says God rewards those who diligently seek Him.

“Knowing God” means to have an intimate relationship with Him.

 Jesus rejects lukewarm relationships (Revelation 3:15-16).

He desires all your love, all your passion, and all your commitment.

If you are in a trial where the devil has stopped you in your tracks, don’t become bitter or talk about it.

That will only compound the problem.

Find yourself a closet.

Climb up the mountain of God.

Like Jacob, declare, “Lord, I will not let thee go unless thou bless me” (Genesis 32:26).

There is help to be found in the closet of prayer (Matthew 6:6).

God said, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

The promises of God are “yea” and “amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

God’s promises will not fall to the ground powerless if you will fall to your knees in prayer, proclaiming God’s Word with authority and speaking forth His promises.

Father, On my knees, I cry out to You knowing that You hear and answer my prayers.

Thank you for the privilege of prayer. Amen.


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