May 23, 2019
Making Your Place of Prayer a Priority
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
─ Matthew 6:5 NLT
Residents of Lee County, Alabama faced an EF4-rated tornado with winds of around 170 mph. March 3, 2019, became known as the deadliest day of tornadoes in the U.S. in the last five years. The startling sight of a prayer closet that withstood the storm offered the community an image of hope.
Chaplain Jason Smith noticed a room still standing within a house torn apart. He spoke with the family, who all survived, and learned the remaining structure was their grandmother’s prayer closet. Chaplain Smith shared the images of the foundation on his Facebook page of the two partial walls upright—the remnants of a woman’s prayer closet.
Some Christians take God at His word literally and assign a specific space in their home for their time in prayer. Matthew 6:5 encourages us, as Christ followers, to go into our room, close the door and pray to our Father.
Your quiet time with God is important. Conversations with Him about all the things that concern you establishes your steps, prepares your way and reminds you of the covenant He’s made with you as His child. God is with us at all times, and we can speak with Him anywhere, but setting apart a specific place to build your relationship with Him can help make prayer a priority in your life.
Today’s One Thing
Where do you spend the most time with God? If you don’t have specific place, perhaps consider a “prayer closet.”