“But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you”. (Mathew 6:6 CSB)
In my last post, Relationships are a Two-Way Street, I talked about how having a relationship with God requires action on our part. One of those actions is prayer. You may remember the movie, War Room with Priscilla Shirer a few years back. That movie inspired me to create a “War Room”. I used it for a little while, and then drifted away from it. It didn’t take long for my “War Room” to become cluttered with stuff once again. But lately I have been struggling with my prayer life, and I felt God gently nudging me back to my “War Room”. It was such a deep desire to have that space again, so I cleaned out the bottom of the closet and re-created my “War Room”, or Prayer Closet.
For every healthy relationship, there needs to be communication and prayer is one way we communicate with God. God wants us to pray to Him, “The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8 CSB). Prayer has many benefits and here are a few:
- Relieves anxiety. “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6-7 CSB).
- There is power in prayer: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect” (James 5: 16 CSB).
- Offering thanks and praise to God: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 CSB).
- Prayer gives us an opportunity to ask God for wisdom: “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God-who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly- and it will be given to him” (James 1:5 CSB).
For me sometimes, it’s easy to feel as if prayer is pointless. I have times where I feel my prayer is just a helium balloon bouncing on the ceiling, and that’s as far as it goes. It would be nice to receive some type of confirmation that your prayer has been heard, much like when you shop online and get the email confirmation for your order. But we must have faith and take God at His word. Psalms 102, verse 17 tells us, “He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their prayer” (CSB). In 1 Peter, we are assured, “because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer” (1 Peter 3: 12a CSB). Let me also give you comfort for the times when you don’t know what to pray for. It’s found in the book of Romans, “In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings” (Romans 8: 26 CSB).
In my Prayer Closet, I have a cork board where I have index cards with scripture, and the things I’m praying for now. When those prayers are answered, I record the date and how God answered that prayer. I keep them in a box so I can remember all that God has done. I added a yoga mat so I can get on my knees and approach God face-down. There is something so humbling when we take that posture toward our God! You don’t have to create a fancy space to pray, the point is making time to do it. I used to use my commute as my prayer time and talk to God while driving to work. What are things that you do to keep your prayer life active and on track? I would love to hear from you!! Leave a comment and thank you for reading!