Table of contents for Morning Prayer
Private devotions are generally about as successful as New Years resolutions. There are a few freaks out there with iron-clad will power who will muscle through, but these kind of people usually have other personal problems. Most people are no good at disciplining themselves to pray, read Scripture, and seek to daily grow in the grace of God all by themselves.
This is because God made people (and the universe) such that it’s just not good for man to be alone.
Of course Jesus assumes that there will be private prayer, in secret, and Jesus routinely heads off into the mountains alone to fast and pray and commune with His Father. But it is still not good for man to be alone. We are no good alone. We need one another, holding each other accountable, praying together, singing together. Jesus came to restore humanity, and He is doing that through knitting us back together as communities, a family, a city of brothers and sisters. Where two or three are gathered together in His name, He promises to be there with us in our midst.
You need to be at morning prayer because you need to be in the Word daily, seeking God’s grace and blessing daily, singing psalms and hymns daily. You need to be at morning prayer because your private prayers and devotions are not nearly as disciplined as they should be.
Consider Solomon’s wisdom:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.