Fundamentals of Prayers – Chapter 5 Where Should We Pray?

Since prayer is a personal conversation between you and God – God who is omnipresent (present everywhere) – prayer is something that can happen anywhere. Of course, the nature of the prayer may change depending on where you are, for example, praying in the shower where you can be as loud as you want, versus praying during a staff meeting, where if you need to pray, you do so causing no distraction to others and the the meetings proceedings.

Jesus teaches us to pray behind closed doors (without an audience). He said this in a time where the religious folk of the day would pray as loudly as they can so that persons could hear how “good” they could pray. They were putting on a show! They wanted to prove to people how much holier than the masses they were. Well, they were not fooling Jesus. He said “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

So remember, prayer should never be for show, find a place where you can have meaningful, open conversation with God.

You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean”. Matthew 23:27
So remember, prayer should never be for show, find a place where you can have meaningful, open conversation with God.

Corporate prayer, Group prayer

There are times when public prayer (or prayer where others will hear) is appropriate. When Christians gather to pray together on matters, this is referred to as corporate prayer, this tends to happen most naturally at church meetings, or prayer rallies, crusades and other meetings of that sort. This is one of the most spiritually edifying experience for the believer (or it should be). There is strength in numbers and I believe this to be one of the reasons why we are encouraged not to forsake meeting together ref. Hebrews 10:25.

The imagery of prayer which comes to my mind is prayer as incense. King David said in his own prayer to God, “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice”. Psalms 141:2

When each believer offers of this “incense” before God, imagine what happens when it all comes together.  In Revelations 5:8, Apostle John, in his account of heaven, says, “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

Imagine that sweet aroma before the throne of the Almighty!

At other times, one or two prayer partners may suffice, for example, in situations which you may want to talk to God about a very personal matter, but may need the encouragement of someone else to pray on your behalf or to pray with you. Some people make this a regular rendez-vous over the telephone, or during their lunch break, perhaps a walk on the beach, or a stroll through the neighbourhood, or even within the confines of each other’s home.

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