Prayer is one of those mysterious practices we will never understand on this side of heaven. We can only glimpse facets of it.
While praying with others this morning, I had the sense of carrying on an ongoing conversation with God among others. In other words, we were praying as a group about things we have already been praying about as individuals.
Now that we are done praying, we are praying as individuals again until we gather once more as a group. Prayer is a seamless conversation that is woven throughout our lives, insects with the prayers of others, and then continues.
Sometimes when I gather to pray with others I feel a bit disorganized or just unprepared. That strikes me as unhealthy. I shouldn’t “save” prayer for these meetings.
Gathering with other Christians to pray, read the Bible, or whatever else is just a communal continuation of what is going on privately.