I was raised in a Christian household, so from an early age, I learned to love Jesus and follow his teachings. As a Christian, I am not superior to anyone, since I know I am lost, and Jesus saves me. The journey of faith is lifelong, and what I knew in my childhood has grown into a more mature Christian faith as an adult.
Recently I went to see War Room, which is a movie about prayer (and not about war). It encouraged me to make a “prayer closet” in my home. This idea comes from the Bible verse, in Matthew 6:6 ” 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.”
It means that your relationship with God, (your faith in Him, your talking to Him and listening to Him, as He speaks to us through the Bible) has a part where you are in communion with Him alone, a private experience. This is why at least part of our relationship with God is in solitary prayer.
I searched my home for a small, inner room to make into my prayer closet, but there was none suitable. The photo here shows the solution that a friend suggested (Thank you Wendy M!). I used a tri-fold science project board, and attached it to a corner in my home office.
When it is closed, it stays private and out-of-sight.
When I have my prayer time, I open the sides and bring over a chair to sit down. I can attach praises, requests and photos of those I lift up in prayer. My favorite is “answered prayers” where I keep track of God’s faithfulness. I keep a box on a shelf nearby for a notebook, pencils, my Bible and other prayer books. My goal is to have solitary prayer time every day.
I use the ACTS method, and I keep envelopes with verses for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. This is the order in which I pray. I feel it’s important to get my heart and mind right when praying to God, before I start asking for what I need. I use slips of paper with Bible verses for each category. Then I place those behind and read the ones on front during my next prayer time. Here’s a photo of my ACTS envelopes.
The good thing about using a tri-fold board is that it can be moved from place to place. Here’s another picture with the board removed from the wall and set on a nearby table for prayer.
I hope this post encourages you in your prayer life, and I would love to hear how you make a prayer closet of your own!
If you’ve never heard the Gospel before, below is a simple version of the good news:
The Simple Gospel (Good News!)
What God Wants for Us
- To be His children: “Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” I John 3:1a.
- To be in His image: “For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers…”Romans 8:29
- To be one with Him: Jesus prayed, “…that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.” John 17:21.
- To be His friends: “You are my friends, if you do what I command.” John 15:14 (NIV)
What Sin Is
- Rebellion: “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice… For rebellion is as the sin of divination…” I Samuel 15:22-23a (NASB)
- Lawlessness: “Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness.” I John 3:4.
- Death: “The soul who sins, he shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4.
- Separation from God: “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior…” Colossians 1:21 (NIV).
What God Did About Sin
- “…But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…” Colossians 1:22 (NIV)
- “Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends…” John 15:13
- “Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ… But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us… For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life.” Romans 5:1,8,10
- “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
What You Could Do Now
- Confess Jesus and believe: “That if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 (NIV).
- Repent (turn away from sin): “Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38.