“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (ESV)
Listening to the John Piper sermon entitled, “Praying in the Closet and in the Spirit” I was reminded of both the necessity to pray intentionally and to pray spontaneously.
Intentional prayer is disciplined, regular, scheduled prayer time.
Such as first thing in the morning when you wake up.
Or at the start of a church meeting and band practice.
Or with your spouse just before bedtime.
Or with the family at mealtime.
And spontaneous prayer is unscheduled, unplanned, and reactionary. A spur of the moment decision based on particular circumstances at that time.
Such as when you receive an email from a missionary requesting prayer.
Or when you’re talking to a friend who tells you of some important need.
Or when you’re struggling in the middle of an exam and require guidance.
Or perhaps you feel the need to give thanks for something that has literally just happened.
Both types are important and neither should be excluded from our prayer life.
Yet, it’s easy to neglect prayer.
Too easy to push God to the back of our minds and lives.
Yet on the flip side, our prayer life shouldn’t be a public spectacle.
It’s not meant to be a show that lauds our “righteousness” and “spirituality”.
Rather, it is an acknowledgement of our humble need for a God who is all-powerful.
A God who desires to answer our prayers, according to His will.
“For everyone who asks receives” (Matthew 7:8).
prayer : help me to be more disciplined in my prayer life
action : schedule regular prayer times each day