A Prayer Closet

Colossians 4:2 (NIV): “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

I have been desiring to have a prayer closet. I don’t mean specifically a closet with a shrine in it but rather preparing a sanctuary where I talk with the Lord. Our body is a temple so wherever we go, our sanctuary goes. Ephesians 6:18 (NIV): “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”  I don’t want to pray once a day in this prayer closet, for we are supposed to pray constantly. I refer to being in my prayer closet during times when I turn off all of my electronics and spend time away from work just sitting at the feet of God, talking. Having quiet time. We dedicate time to watch our favorite sitcoms and we dedicate time for school and work meetings but when do we dedicate time to meet with the Lord? This desire came about after reading Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV): 5 “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. 6 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.” This idea of a prayer closet welcomed a thought of having a meeting with God without any disturbances, distractions, or trouble.

1 Timothy 2:8(NIV): “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”

The Lord showed me that I was once very selfish in prayer. One day I was praying the Lord’s prayer and I began wondering if I should be saying “Me” instead of “We” or “My Father” instead of “Our Father.” It took me a few days to recognize that I should absolutely be praying for more than just myself. Ephesians 6:18-19 (NIV)18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” I also found myself saying that I would pray for someone and simply forget. If we say we are going to pray for someone in need then we need to do it. When I was prepared for bed I knew all of my personal petitions but I somehow couldn’t remember who or what else to pray for. So God told me to either do what I said I would do or not to mention to pray for someone. I didn’t intend to lie to anyone but I guess my laziness and my selfishness had gotten the best of my prayer life. James 5:14-16 (NIV): “14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” God tells us to pray for others and that is exactly what we need to do. Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV): 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

James 5:16 (NIV): “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Psalm 55:17 (KJV): “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.”

At one point I even wanted to take time in the morning to cry out to God after reading Psalm 5:3 (NIV): ” In the morning, LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.” When I tried to wake up early before my classes to pray, I found myself hitting my snooze button and begging God to allow me to get just a few more minutes of sleep. Those experiences took me back to the original problem at the time. I would usually pray at night but I didn’t like the idea of immediately calling, texting, and emailing others but taking the entire day to spend quality time with God. Our Father deserves better. He deserves conversation all day long.

Proverbs 15:8 (KJV): The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

The Lord showed me that I was once very selfish in prayer. One day I was praying the Lord’s prayer and I began wondering if I should be saying “Me” instead of “We” or “My Father” instead of “Our Father.” It took me a few days to recognize that I should absolutely be praying for more than just myself. Ephesians 6:18-19 (NIV)18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” I also found myself saying that I would pray for someone and simply forget. If we say we are going to pray for someone in need then we need to do it. When I was prepared for bed I knew all of my personal petitions but I somehow couldn’t remember who or what else to pray for. So God told me to either do what I said I would do or not to mention to pray for someone. I didn’t intend to lie to anyone but I guess my laziness and my selfishness had gotten the best of my prayer life. James 5:14-16 (NIV): “14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” God tells us to pray for others and that is exactly what we need to do. Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV): 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

James 5:16 (NIV): “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Psalm 55:17 (KJV): “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.”

At one point I even wanted to take time in the morning to cry out to God after reading Psalm 5:3 (NIV): ” In the morning, LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.” When I tried to wake up early before my classes to pray, I found myself hitting my snooze button and begging God to allow me to get just a few more minutes of sleep. Those experiences took me back to the original problem at the time. I would usually pray at night but I didn’t like the idea of immediately calling, texting, and emailing others but taking the entire day to spend quality time with God. Our Father deserves better. He deserves conversation all day long.

Proverbs 15:8 (KJV): The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

I did find a way to begin overcoming soulish prayers as I remember that Satan never wants us to pray for others. If I feel led to pray for someone then I sometimes pray for them at that very moment. I don’t have to wait until bedtime to do so. I also take time talking to God and asking Him to bring to my remembrance who He wants me to pray for and exactly what He wants me to pray about. For example, one day someone asked me to pray for them to keep their job. Now what if God doesn’t want them to keep that job? What if He may be using that current job position as only a temporary stepping stone? I would never want to pray against the plans of God, so what did I do? I prayed that the Lord’s will be done. We know nothing but He knows everything.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV): 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 14:15 (KJV): “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

Matthew 21:22 (NIV): “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

John 14:13-14 (NIV): 13 And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”

Prayers not getting answered? What things are you praying for? 

James 4:3 (NIV): ” When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

You ever have prayers that never seem to be answered? Well I am a firm believer that if God said it, He will settle it. Not by our standards, but by His. To me, even “not answering” is answering, just not the way we want or had expected. We must come with reverent submission. Secrets of a Prayer Warrior by Derek Prince gives a great breakdown on prayer. We must have faith. We must be committed. We must pray the name of Jesus.We must approach Gold boldly, without condemnation. We must have the right motives. We must forgive those who have hurt us. We must be directed by the Holy Spirit. We must ask according to God’s Word.

For certain prayers, God does suggest that we pray earnestly.

Luke 18:1-10 (NIV):

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

 “1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 6:12 (NIV): “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”

If Jesus prayed you know we ought to be praying. God wants us to pray! He enjoys talking to us and He enjoys to hear from us. 

Jesus instructs us how to pray. I begin my prayers with the Lord’s prayer because it prepares me to have a focused and sound mind. I don’t want to pray ineffective prayers. I want the Holy Spirit to pray through me, as I don’t know the prayer to pray or how to pray it worthy enough. The Lord’s prayer is so rich with content and supplication yet clear and concise in each verse.We don’t have to pray religious prayers, repeating the same things to appear to be praying a lengthy prayer. Matthew 6:7 (NIV): ” And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV): 

The Model Prayer

9 In this manner, therefore, pray: 

      Our Father in heaven, 
      Hallowed be Your name. 
       10 Your kingdom come. 
      Your will be done 
      On earth as it is in heaven. 
       11 Give us this day our daily bread. 
       12 And forgive us our debts, 
      As we forgive our debtors. 
       13 And do not lead us into temptation, 
      But deliver us from the evil one. 
      For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

In conclusion, DON’T STOP PRAYING! Praying has become so second nature that I find myself praying without even thinking about it. I found that being constant in prayer eliminates one “daily” prayer at night, which is rudely interrupted by yawns and heavy eyelids. As my prayer life continues to develop I find myself more excited to pray. Although God already knows everything, I just love sharing things with Him. And guess what? He shares things with me too. I don’t want to pray babbling prayers. I don’t want to pray soulish prayers. I don’t even want to pray doubtful prayers. I want the Holy Spirit to pray through me. I want to pray and intercede for the captive. I want to pray and talk with my best friend, Our Father, who is never too busy to talk. I just want to pray like Jesus.

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