Prayer Tips: Find Your Prayer Closet
Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. -Matthew 6:6
It is of the utmost importance to take time to pray corporately. I need to be in the physical presence of others lifting them up in prayer, holding there, or offering comfort. There must be a place in my life to gather together and pray with others for churches, for needs, and for our communities. However, in the current climate with Covid -19 keeping people in their homes and away from the physical presence of one another, it’s a good time to remember that I am also called to pray alone and in secret.
Both corporate and individual prayer are important aspects of my faith. I need them both, but, Jesus reminds us in this verse of the power of finding time alone away from everything else to be in God’s presence. We need time alone with God and we especially need time away to enter into his presence to be comforted by it, shaped and transformed by it, and to be reminded of his love.
Prayer: Lord, help me to a place in my life that I can be alone with you to pray. I don’t want prayer to be a spectacle in my life. Help me find a healthy balance of praying with others and also praying alone. Align my heart with yours through quiet moments alone with you. Amen.