My Prayer Closet

'the Savior Himself says in Matthew 6:6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." The word for closet here means a chamber...generally used for storage or privacy, a spot for retirement): - secret chamber, closet, storehouse. The Lord expects us all to have a place of privacy, a spot for retirement, a secret chamber where we can meet Him.

It may be a bedroom, a corner in the den, or maybe at the kitchen table with your Bible and a cup of coffee. Somewhere, somehow, you need a prayer closet--a secret chamber where you can retire before the Lord privately. Not just any place will do, so where is your prayer closet?

As a pastor it seems like my telephone rings non-stop. That distraction can not be in my prayer closet. I love my dogs, but they bark at anyone and everyone that walks by. Another distraction that must be eliminated. Our house is open to any and all, but with frequent visitors it is just one more thing that must be eliminated from my prayer closet. I have had to choose my prayer closet carefully.

Recently I have been studying corporate prayer. One thing I am told that enhances corporate prayer is to have a designated room for prayer--a place that everyone knows that when they enter in, the business becomes prayer. This is a special place within the church that has been sanctified for the sole purpose of prayer. Likewise, my prayer closet is a place that I have set apart for nothing other than prayer.

My prayer closet has become a place that is for God and me alone. Over the years, only once have I taken another with me to this sacred place. That was my wife. I shut out the world, and it is just my God and me. The sweetest times I know are when I am in my prayer closet with Jesus.

We are told in the book of Thessalonians to "pray without ceasing." I can pray anywhere. I can pray while driving to an appointment. I can pray while I am work preparing a sermon. I can pray while I shop. And I ought to . But nothing takes the place of my prayer closet.

I invite you to come take a pictorial journey of my prayer closet--the place where I meet with the God of Heaven on a regular basis. No, it is not a room in my house, but it is a place where I can sense the presence of God like nowhere else. Honestly, some photos are too sacred to me to share, but come along with me as I proceed to the holy of holies.

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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hello Brother. I love your prayer closet wow very nice. The rock table is sweet. Oh yes indeed one with God is imperative and so very special. I love my prayer closet Amen. Nice writing lifegate and a wonderful truth and reminder get alone with Christ. No distractions. Blessings galore and sending a hug. Your sista


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hey Sista,

Good to hear from you. Yes, the prayer closet is absolutely essential for anyone that is truly following Christ. I think that's why satan is so bent on keeping us from it. Did someone forget to tell him the victory's already been won?


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

lifegate: You have beautifully illustrated that ones prayer closet can be and should be anywhere, anywhere one can commune with God in a peaceful nature. thank you.

Ones prayer closet need not be confined to a closet or a room but can be anywhere where it is just you and God one on one conversing together.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good afternoon Dave,

Like you said, "... where it is just you and God one on one conversing together." That's what it's all about. Thanks for the visiting and for the comment!


lambservant 4 years ago

Your prayer closet is a lovely place.What a precious place to share with you hub family. May God grant you many more years of intimate fellowship with him.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for the visit Lambservant. It's always good to hear from you. I love my prayer closet and I'm glad to share it with my fellow hubbers.


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

You are totally right on. I came to the same conclusion not to long ago, that it does not need to be a small private room, it just has to be a special and a private space where no one can bother you and you won't be distracted.

I need some help in this area, I talk to God throughout the day, but I have a hard time not turning that closet time into a ritualistic prayer - any suggestions?


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Alex,

I think the hardest thing in the world to do is to pray. It truly is a battle with the unseen forces of darkness. satan will do everything he can to stop prayer, but he also fears a kneeling figure.

I don't have any suggestions except to keep on keeping on for the Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I used to have a place very similar where I used to live....that was a 1/2 mile off the road in the middle of no where (it seemed like anyway)...that I ALWAYS felt closer to God when I visited it by myself. I was able to talk out loud and not wonder if anyone else could hear me....and having that vocal conversation with God always made me feel so much closer to Him...

I know He hears me in my shower (which is where most of my silent conversations are with Him these days) are just as worthy to Him as my country side visits...but I miss those days very much.

Thank you for sharing your special place....you have me motivated to go back and visit my old place.

Up and awesome.

Chris


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hope you enjoy your visit to your "old place". It truly is different being close to creation. It seems the Creator always meets me there.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

What a peaceful beautiful place to walk with your Savior! That is indeed a temple to converse with Him.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Frogy,

It is one of the most peaceful places I know. It's just a beautiful place to meet with God and share my delights and my downfalls. He's always there. Thanks for stopping by.


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FSlovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

So wonderfully true and so good..thank you..I think of Matthew 6:6 every morning when I enter into the throne room to workshop my Lord and Savior!


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

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