Private Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is our best known model of prayer. It deals with content, but Jesus taught other things about prayer as well. In Matthew, Chapter Six, he instructs his listeners, “… 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.” So we are to pray privately, just between each of us and God, away from other people. This is not to say there should be no corporate or public prayer – there is a time for those – but times of private prayer are a vital part of the Christian life. Luke 5:16 tells us that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” If the Son of God is our example, and he made it a point to pray alone, how much more ought we as well? If we are to focus on God, we must take that time: to praise him, to present our needs to him, to be attuned to his direction in our lives.

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