When people talk about prayer, almost everyone will mention time. They will offer a weak lament about not having the time to pray. The real problem instead is two-fold. It is a matter of place and priority.
And the first thing the Lord teaches His disciples is that they must have a secret place for prayer; every one must have some solitary spot where he can be alone with his God.
Murray, Andrew. Lord, Teach Us To Pray (p. 11). Kindle Edition.
Creating a Place
As a child, I would often imagine and design the ideal house. I always wanted to have a place in that perfect house that was a chapel. An aesthetically pleasing room with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and light streaming in perfectly. I wanted to create a sacred space that would always be inviting to me and others as well.
As I grew older, with demands on my time other than dreaming, I forgot about my need for sacred spaces. I allowed busyness and necessity to creep and take over. I have failed to see the sacred among the mundane. I foolishly thought that if my sacred space wasn’t the beautiful chapel, I would just have to do without.
I have come to realize though, sacred spaces can be created anywhere, anytime. God will meet with you where ever you invite him. I will be content with sunlight streaming in through fingerprinted windows next to the worn recliner. Maybe it is the back porch in the morning with coffee, or it is an actual closet or a locked bathroom door. Whatever it takes, create your space to meet with God. Make it as beautiful and inviting as you can. Your meeting place with God should be a place you want to go.
Prioritize your Place
It is funny to me how we never miss our appointments or our classes and we generally get there on time. The appointments and destinations become things of priority. Often times, with prayer, there is no place to go, so there is also no priority. We try to slip it in before we slip off to sleep or as we rush off to work. If there was a place to go, that you loved, would it become more of a priority?
I’d like to think that if I had a place to go where I could be alone with God, I could more easily prioritize prayer time. Andrew Murray says, “Every teacher needs a classroom.” As we are learning to pray, let’s give the Lord a great classroom where we are more apt to pay attention and he can be our teacher.
Do you have a specific place where you pray?
If not, take it on as your Weekend Challenge! Create a space that is inviting and beautiful – your Teacher will meet you there.