Last week we considered Jesus’ instruction to pray privately. He was concerned with the potential people possess to try to impress others with with their praying prowess, or maybe even their fear to pray in front of others for fear of judgement.
While many take that instruction and use it to denounce corporate prayer, a cursory read of the Bible would prove something quite different.
Jesus, when asked by his disciples to teach them to pray, gives them what we refer to as the Lord’s Prayer. And the prayer is an instruction to them in the plural: when all y’all pray, pray this way…Our Father.
The prayer is not a self-centered crowd cry of, “Mine, mine, mine, mine.”
After Jesus’ resurrection, when the ragtag group of believers was stuck together in the Upper Room, they filled their time with prayer. Acts 1:14 tells us they “joined together constantly in prayer.”
Praying alone solidifies our relationship with God. Praying together strengthens and grows us for our mission and ministry to the world.
We’re in this…together.