If your congregation can’t sing well, then sing a little less, and make prayer a greater part of your meetings. Some people may never learn to carry a tune. All of us can learn to pray better and more.
Time alone with God is the great focuser and strengthener of the servant of God. Jesus found strength in private moments of prayer, Mk 1.35. If he needed them, how much more do we?
What a wonderful prayer! “Bless us and lead us into higher areas of thought and wholesome activities.” https://fellowshiproom.org/2016/05/04/word-of-the-day-wednesday-04-may-2016/
The evangelical emphasis on seeking to know God’s will in all life’s details, to hit the bulls-eye of his will, leads one to seek God’s will in prayer, when in fact all of God’s will is revealed in Scripture. Prayer is for submitting to God’s will.
“A brother who refused to pray in public stated that the Bible teaches against public prayer. It is not the act but the ulterior motive that Jesus rebukes.” —Leroy Brownlow
Through the prayers of his children, God will do things that he would not otherwise do, because his people are his missionary agents in the world.
Prepare the door of our hearts, O Lord, that welcoming your Holy Spirit, we may delight at your entering in and rejoice in the holiness which your presence brings. Amen. —Ephrem of Syria (c. 306-373)