Jesus had a lot to say about prayer. He talked about everything from where to pray, how to pray, and what to pray about. Over the next several days in our 21 Days of Prayer, we’re going to look at all of them.
Today we answer the question: Where should I pray?
It might seem like a silly question, but Jesus didn’t think so.
He said, “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 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 6:5-6)
Here we learn two important truths.
First, prayer is personal. It’s between you and God.
Second, God wants you alone for your daily prayers.
Jesus literally tells you to “shut the door” behind you. That means he wants you all to himself in prayer. He wants you alone.
When you’re alone in prayer, you’re not worried about who’s listening or who might have the better-sounding prayer than you.
When you’re alone with God, there’s the freedom to say whatever you want to him and to listen for his response.
So here’s my challenge. Find a special place, starting today, where you can get alone with God in prayer. It’s not that it’s more spiritual there; it’s just that it’s more private.
If you do, Jesus said, “Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Day 2 Prayer Verse:
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
Day 2 Prayers:
Ask God to help you take the time to seek him.
Pray for anyone in your circle of influence who might be sick.
Pray that the message of Jesus continues to go out through the church.
How Can We Pray For You?
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