Creating A Prayer Closet

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. Matthew 6:6

After living in this house for over a year, I still hadn't found a really great place for my daily prayers and Bible study. I needed one desperately, just so I could have a routine.

So I did a prayer walk around the house to find the prefect spot. This may sound silly, but God will always show you what you need when you ask. I tried several different spots but either couldn't get comfortable or was too distracted.

Then I found my way to the recliner chair in the living room. Here I had a comfy spot, plenty of light from the window and light, plenty of table space for the things I need and a quiet corner to be by myself. Now I have the perfect prayer closet and I can truly grow my relationship with the Lord from here.

If you need to create a prayer closet of your own, you just need a few things.

Quiet - You need to find a space that will help you fight distractions. Choose a spot that's out of the way of other family members, phones and the temptations of televisions and computers.

Away - Have a way to separate yourself from the world. If you're in a separate room, shut the door. Stay away from all forms of noisy entertainment. Let the family know that this portion of your day is all yours.

Sounds, sights, smells - Certain additions to your prayer closet can relax you and make your time with God more special. Try a fountain or quiet instrumental music to block out other noises. Light a candle with a light scent. Hang some Scriptures on the wall or frame some to place on the table. Anything that focuses on the Lord is perfect to have around.

The right tools - My favorite part of my prayer closet is my basket of books. I have two Bibles (my favorite one and my girly one - all the verses about women are highlighted in pink), my prayer list, my praise journal, several notebooks and pencils, and the books I'm studying right now. With everything in one place I don't have to get up in the middle of a great talk with God.

Make your prayer closet the perfect fit for you so that you'll look forward to going there every day. Even if it's just for a few minutes at a time, having a special place will help you make time for the Lord.

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