A PLACE TO PRAY!
“When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret and he will reward you” (Mathew 6:6).
When we visit certain houses, our hearts brim to pray even before we come to senses. When we go to some places we will never tend to pray. Further, in some places, we will feel the satanic deeds. In some more places, awkward thoughts and thoughts of sexual immoralities will arise.
So, choose an excellent place having the divine presence for praying. Look at Hannah. She chose a place to pour all her sorrows of the heart and pray fervently. It is nothing but the Lord’s Church. She might have knelt down in the Altar there and prayed.
God says, “I will bring these people to my holy mountain. I will give them joy in my house of prayer. The offerings and sacrifices they place on my altar will please me. This is because my Temple will be called a house for prayer for people from all nations” (Isaiah 56:7).
In the church, the divine people assemble and praise God through singing and dancing. They worship God there. The Word of God is preached there. Since the children of God keep on assembling there and worship, the presence of God can be felt more there. You will feel the prayers being lifted to Him without any hindrance.
The Scripture says, “Jephthah repeated all of his words in front of the Lord at Mizpah” (Judges 11:11). “Hezekiah turned toward the wall and prayed to the Lord” (Isaiah 38:2). The Garden of Gethsemane was the venue where Jesus Christ prayed. He poured His heart there and with groaning which cannot be uttered, offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears (Luke 22:43, Hebrews 5:7).
Though it is true that you can worship God from any place, it is better you have an exclusive place for yourself. If possible, dedicate a prayer room as ‘Gethsemane’ in your house. Choose at least a corner in your house and meet God there every day. When you make it a habit to go to that corner and pray, you will unknowingly realize that God is waiting there for you.
When I was employed in the Income Tax Department, there was a tree opposite our office and I used to sit under it and pray silently. The moment I begin to go towards it, my heart will be brimming in excitement. After I continued to pray from there regularly, when I was going towards that tree itself, I was able to feel God waiting there for me. Dear children of God, God will come to where you are, in search of you.
To meditate: “The time is coming when you will not have to be in Jerusalem or on this mountain to worship the Father” (John 4:21).