The book of Acts is filled with stories of the effects of corporate worship. It was during corporate worship which involves the gathering of more than one person participating in worship that the Holy Spirit came down. The scripture says in Acts 1:2 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
It was also during corporate worship that serious prayers were made on behalf of the saints when the early church experienced persecution, this account is recorded in Acts 4:23-25.Throughout the new testament especially in the book of Acts, we see this trend of believers gathering together either in someone’s home or in the temple for spiritual edification, prayer and worship.
However as powerful as corporate worship is, God still requires us to spend quality time with Him alone. Yes alone, without the group or choir, alone without your pastors or friends, alone without our spouses.
Jesus Christ practiced this, very early in the morning he would rise up to be alone with the Father. He understood the importance of this “alone time” with God. It was His life source, Jesus recognized that the success of His ministry publicly was dependent on the success of His “alone time” with God privately.
The scriptures record the following in Mat 14:23
“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”
Jesus in emphasizing the importance of spending time with God alone says in Mathew 6:6
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
We all are guilty of not spending enough time with God alone; we are inundated with activities even spiritual ones, that we seldom find the time to be alone with God. This should not be the case as the strength of our corporate worship publicly is dependent on the strength our personal worship privately.
As many of us prepare for Sunday, the designated day for corporate worship in the Church, let us not forget to spend some quality time alone with God. Take some time from your spouse, take some time from the job and even take some time from the social media to be alone with God. As you do this, God will reward you with His blessings publicly. God bless you.