Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 6:6 (KJV); But thou, 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.
In my life of ministry, I have known Christians who depend on corporate prayer as the fuel to their prayer lives. They are more comfortable praying with others than they are praying alone. In fact, they are only able to pray for long when praying alongside others.
That is not how any serious child of God builds a life of prayer. Prayer is firstly personal before it is corporate. The closet is not supposed to be a common area.
If you never learn to pray alone, corporate prayer will delude you into thinking that you are a man or woman of prayer yet, in fact, you only burn by other men’s fires, are stirred by other men’s flames and only sail by other men’s winds.
Christ demonstrated this through how He lived. In Matthew 14:23 ESV, the Bible says, “ And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain BY HIMSELF to pray. When evening came, he was there ALONE.”
While there was a time when He invited Peter, James and John to pray with Him (Matthew 26:36-40), His prayer life was predominantly about Him and God.
Thus, prayer is primarily you with God, not you, God and your prayer partner or you, God and your spouse.
None of this means that corporate prayer is a bad thing or that having a prayer partner is unbiblical. It also does not mean that you should not pray with your spouse.
The lesson here is that even when you have people you pray with, be it friends or a spouse, you must have personal alone time with God because a life of divine communion is built on solitude.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 14:23, Luke 5:16
GOLDEN NUGGET: Even when you have people you pray with, be it friends or a spouse, you must have personal alone time with God because a life of divine communion is built on solitude.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this instruction on prayer. I receive it with humility and practice it with diligence. My heart follows this knowledge, to seek You with wisdom and understanding. I burn by the flames that You stir up in the privacy of my communion with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.