“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)
These days, our lives are fast-paced due to one activity or the other. In a sincere effort to keep our prayer lives on track, we often “pray on the go”. We try to incorporate fellowship with God alongside other things, for example, muttering in tongues while working.
While this is good, we must learn to take out quality alone times free of distraction to fellowship with God. This is essential in our walk with God. Why?
Firstly, concentration in prayer free of any distraction, both external and internal, greatly multiples the effectiveness of our prayers. James puts it this way:
“… The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
James 5:16 (AMPC)
Secondly, it better predisposes us to “pick” the leading of the Spirit when praying. When we fully invest our heart and mind in times of fellowship with God, we are better able to discern His leading and instructions.
The Bible shows us examples of the great results men birthed when they gave their all in prayer. Elijah, when he prayed and rain didn’t fall for three and a half years, then he prayed again and rain fell (1 Kings 17, 1 Kings 18: 41-46, James 5:17-18); The Apostles secluding themselves for days in the Upper Room until the Holy Ghost came (Acts 2:1), Paul after his conversion earnestly seeking the face of God (Acts 9:11) and many more.
Jesus, our perfect example, showed us a mixture of both corporate, on the go, prayer and private prayer. There are instances where in the presence of other people, Jesus communed with God (Mark 8:6, John 6:11, John 11:41, John 17) but also many instances where the Bible recorded that He drew aside and prayed in private (Matthew 26:36, Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12). You do the same.
Dear believer, set out time to earnestly seek the face of God today. You need it.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 5:27-32, Philippians 2:12-18, Psalms 119:137-144, 2 Kings 10-11