1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

In summary, these verse teach us to pray with constancy and company, as it is an important discipline for every Christian to spend habitual time talking with God alone. However, this is not the only type of prayer that Christians are to be involved in. We must learn to pray corporately. So although prayer begins in secret, God doesn’t mean for it to stay in the closet as prayer is for all of life!

There are many examples in the Bible of believers praying to God together, especially in the Book of Acts. In addition, the model prayer of Jesus reveals many personal pronouns implying that corporate prayer is a regular part of a Christian’s prayer life. Prayer is designed to be enjoyed with others. Our prayer together is a vital means of God’s ongoing grace in the Christian life and for our communities.

Therefore, Paul says about prayer: to rejoice – rejoice in the Lord, to continue in prayer, and to give thanks for every occasion & obstacle – whether good or bad.