Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 14:26 (KJV); How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
Corporate prayer is not supposed to be an avenue where ‘fireless men’ seek to rekindle the smouldering embers of their spiritual lives. It is not where men with flameless candles come to light their fires by the flames on others’ candles.
What does this mean?
We do not use corporate prayer to stir the flickering flames of our prayerless lives into burning brightly again.
While it sometimes inadvertently serves this purpose, this is not the true spirit of corporate prayer.
The true spirit of corporate prayer is explained in our theme scripture. The Message version says, “So here’s what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight.”
This scripture paints a picture of men who gather when they are FULL. Each of them had something that was useful for all.
It means that when believers come together to pray, they must come full of the experiences they received while in their secret places with God. They come charged and overflowing with what God has been pouring into them while they were in their prayer closets.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19
GOLDEN NUGGET: When believers come together to pray in unison, they must come full of the experiences they received while in their secret places with God. They come charged and overflowing with what God has been pouring into them while they were in their prayer closets.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. From Your Word, I understand the purpose of corporate prayer. This wisdom teaches me to prioritise my secret place with You above my prayer time with other men. My closet is a fireplace, consuming me with the power of Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.