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.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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:5-8
About 4 years ago now, I made an intentional decision to dedicate the very first part of each day I am off work to the Lord in prayer. I work a compressed work week, so I work long days when I do work, but then I am off 3 and 4 days at a time. For me, it is a way of giving back to God. Tithing my time.
It was important to me to have a place that was quiet, separate from the rest of the house, so I do my praying out in the little shop. It’s where all the stuff of life is stored, so I think it fits. In that little place, I spill out my hopes and fears, thoughts and requests. It’s our meeting place, a communion of sorts. I like having my first cup with the Lord and I think He likes it too. It was our time together, and I have to say it was a turning point in my life. Things happened when I prayed that didn’t happen when I didn’t pray, to put it simply. God started to do a work in me from the inside out.
I find that is the single most valuable thing about having a consistent regular prayer time. I started to develop a love for the Father in a new way.
I started to keep a prayer journal where I captured things that the Lord had whispered to my heart during those precious hours in the dark.
These times of prayer in the early mornings continue to be a stronghold in my life. I have been through challenges over the past few years that I know I wouldn’t come through nearly as well without those early times in my prayer closet.
Then I started to think that maybe I should share what the Lord has blessed me with, all those thoughts and insights and experiences that came from those times. I have always loved to write, so I thought it made sense to fuse the two together…….I guess could call it something like prayer writing. I was encouraged by several people, including my best friend and some co-workers, two of whom now have their own churches, who had much more faith in me than I had in myself, despite working in a technical field, I am not a “techie” I am a writer.
So this blog spilled out…..first on the Blogger platform and now here on WordPress. And the words have kept coming. Sometimes they pour out, and sometimes they dry up to nothing, but they always seem to come back.
Sometimes I think, how can my words possibly matter? And you might say the same, but I have a rebuttal for that. Our words matter because our lives and our stories that make up our lives matter.
The Word of God is unchanging and yet God is always giving us fresh new insights from His word. Together, we share stories and weave a work for eternity. I sincerely hope God won’t stop working on me until I take my last breath, I take comfort from that. That means He cares.
He will never give up on me, or you.
Until we all meet in eternity I will be writing and praying and hopefully encouraging others in their walk with the Lord. I believe that is what He wants me to do here. I may not have the fanciest blog but it is evolving day by day into something He wants it to be, just like I hope I am.
There are things I want to change on it and things I have yet to figure out. The format doesn’t matter as much as the words and the love behind them.
I encourage you to spend some time alone with the God who loves you more than you could imagine.
You won’t ever regret it.
Blessings to you, and peace, from my Prayer Closet to yours……..Lori