But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6 – NLT).
I just can’t shake the unfolding revelation of prayer based on Jesus’ instructions to His disciples, that when you pray, go and shut yourself in your room, and talk to the Father in secret. Jesus practiced this a lot. He didn’t organize corporate and local prayer meetings, He never called for a day of fasting and prayer, and He was never called upon to pray in the synagogues that He visited. While I don’t believe anything is wrong with these practices, in reference to Jesus and prayer, we are simply told that He has gone off somewhere to pray. Even when people came to Him for help, He simply spoke the word, and the healing, deliverance, etc
The concern I have for the church is that people are not practicing this kind of prayer. They do pray in the setting of a ‘church service’, but outside of that, the divine connection to God is seemingly severed. Personal devotion time is non-existent for a lot of believers in a world that prioritizes the rat race. We are constantly busy, commuting to work, at work, commuting to school, at school, that we can’t carve out any time for personal devotion. What we miss, pay
Prayer then is not a religious practice, or a ceremony, as we have made it out to be. If we have to wait to get to a church
Father, help me to find that place where You wait for me to come and have a conversation with You. I desire to always be in communication with You; that our divine connection will always be valid and current.