What is your favorite setting to pray in?
In a sanctuary?
In a pew?
At a kneeling rail?
In the forest?
On a lake?
In the shower?
In the car?
In your office?
At the dining room table?
In a coffee house?
John Ortberg talks about his prayer setting like this, "Somehow I grew up with the idea that you ought to have a 'prayer closet,' and a closet is not often a setting of great beauty. So I have learned over the years the importance of finding a place that supports my attempts at prayer. At home, I have a window that I will sit in front of becase of the view it offers. I will sometimes draw up another chair to remind me that prayer is not simply me thinking thoughts on my own, that Jesus really is present. During times of longer prayer I will often try to go outside to a lake or (if I'm lucky) to the ocean. Sometimes, I'll simply light a candle, which reminds me of the frequent teaching of Scripture that the light of God's presence and wisdom is available to guide me."
"Over time, a space that is used again and again for prayer becomes sacred. Just as couples often have favorite restaurants or friends have one particular booth at a restaurant where they always gather, having one place where you have met God in prayer over the years becomes a gift to your soul."
Where is your spot? Where will you create a prayer setting? What will make it special?
I have it easy. I work at the church. I can go in the sanctuary any day... when no one is here... It's a huge gift to have that easy access. But, when I'm home, my spot is on the couch in my living room. A blanket over my legs, a fire in the fireplace (it's gas - just flip a switch!), some hot tea, my dog cuddled next to me, my Bible handy and maybe a prayer book like "When You Pray." This is time for me to read, pray, and relax. It is truly a moment of peace...
So where is your spot?
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