By Minister Collin Chingota
There is public worship, then there is private or secret worship. Both are good and rewarding, but private worship rewards more.
Mathew 6:5-6 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Throughout the chapter of Mathew 6 Jesus was advocating for secret worship in terms of giving to charity, fasting and prayer. These forms of worship should be prioritised in private.
You do not have to announce on social media that you are fasting, you are praying, or you are giving in alms. Do those in secret. Then God himself will reward you.
Worshiping in private ensures that you make God the primary recipient of your worship. God sees the heart in everything that we do. And when we do things not for people to see us, we make the invisible the centre of our attention, and that pleases God a lot.
Before he started ministering in public, Jesus went into a 40-day fasting in private. If you want God to reward, and use you in public, learn to worship Him more in private than in public.