We all need a place to run to when life brings us to our knees, and we cry out for God. Sliding “behind the curtain” of our life and being able to disappear into the prayer closet is necessary for Christians. There we not only reconnect with God but we find comfort in the still and quiet as He embraces us.
“Be still and know that I am God,” Psalm 46:10
In My Prayer Closet, I Will…
- Find quiet where I can hear God’s voice.
- Confess my sins to Him.
- Pray and battle for others.
- Allow God to reveal to me the things I need to know.
- Thank Him for the blessings he abundantly bestows on me.
- Find humility.
- Learn to forgive others when they have wronged me.
...Make It Warm, Comfortable, and Personal
The prayer closet will be in a quiet area of the house behind a closed door. Behind this door will be a warm, inviting place to pray and be in the presence of God.
This private place will have...
- Plush pillows that are soft to touch and comfortable to sit on
- Dim lighting that is warm and soft
- Pleasant aroma that is stimulating yet subtle
- Journal to record prayer requests and answered prayers
- Box of tissues
- “Do Not Disturb” sign to hang on outside of door
- Photos of loved ones
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
My Solitary Place
We are instructed to pray so that others do not see us. Jesus withdrew to His solitary place to pray and be with God.
A prayer closet should be a safe sanctuary for you to be free to talk to God and share with Him your dreams, hopes, joy, hurt, disappointments, fear, and thanks. As you allow yourself to be still and soak in the quiet with eyes closed, you will feel his presence in this place. His warm embrace bathes over your mind and body. You are at the feet of the Almighty and in this very moment, you are able to completely give yourself to Him.
“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.” Matthew 6:5-6