But whenever 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 NRSV
There is something special about spending time with a group of friends. As we share in conversation–and frequently food–we delight in each other's company. However, as much fun as these times are, they aren't the same as the intimate, one-on-one discussions with those same friends.
This is the same with prayer. It is necessary for us to come together in times of sharing our joys and concerns. There is extraordinary power in this unification of hearts. But we also need those personal, in-depth conversations with Jesus, our most intimate friend. In committing to this relationship, we are rewarded with a different kind of closeness that we can not experience in a group.
Lord, we come before you today seeking new intimacy in our relationship. We open our souls to sharing and thankfulness, our ears to listening, our minds to understanding, and our hearts to obedience. Help us to grow in the closeness and love of life with you. Amen.