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Dare to draw close

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Dare to draw close
One day within your courts
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
The threshold of the house of God
I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.                   Psalm 83

While this is undoubtedly true, God’s threshold or even His courts are not the very best place to be.  Remember John the Evangelist at the Last Supper?  That, spiritually, is where the Lord wants each of us to be.  He wants us to draw so close to Him that we can hear not only every utterance but even the beating of his divine heart.  He wants us so close to Him that when we pray, we need only whisper in His ear.

Sometimes, when I ask one child to go and give some message to another, my little messenger goes to the door, pokes his head through and shouts to his sibling.  I then turn into my mother as I say, ‘I could have done that.  When you want to speak to someone, wait until you are in the same room, then speak; don’t stand on the threshold and shout’.

When we pray, we must not content ourselves with shouting from the threshold.  What kind of a conversation can ever be had from there?  When Jesus teaches about prayer in Matthew 6, he tells his disciples to enter into their ‘inner chamber’ – a very intimate place – and to shut the door to all distractions.  We must, therefore, take the time to do this whenever we pray, secure in the knowledge that ‘your Father, who sees all that is done in secret will reward you’.

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