The Prayer Closet, Posture, Patterns and Props – Lord Teach Us to Pray
“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray… Luke 11:1-3 (NKJV)
It has been over 2,000 years since the disciples came to Jesus to ask Him “Lord, teach us to pray.” Apparently there are many who have been and are asking that question ever since.
I entered the phrase Lord Teach Us to Pray on Google search. The response read, “About 4,850,000 results (0.25 seconds!” Amazing! My first memories of prayer are the childhood prayers learned by rote. Since that time I have asked many times, “Lord, teach me to pray.”
Jesus taught his disciples, “…But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret…” Matthew 6:6 KJV
While in the Navy, I often enjoyed the solitude of the base chapel as my prayer closet. Later, during my college years, I sometimes found a church whose doors were open as my “secret chamber”. By the time Thelma and I had a family of four active boys, I often retreated to the privacy of our furnace room to cry out unto God in earnest prayer.
More recently I followed through on a suggestion from Pastor Charles Stanley. He suggested literally going into a closet, placing a towel at the base of the door to ensure absolute darkness to help cut out distractions as you approach the Lord in prayer. I tried this. I suggest you try it too! An interesting experience. During our recent ABF study Experiencing God It was suggested we take a prayer walk. I chose to walk on the shore of Weco Beach. This proved to be another blessed prayer experience.
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go…..” – Abraham Lincoln
It is a blessing to be a part of WSBC where Fervent Prayer is an important element in the church purpose statement. I am learning that it is not the place (a closet) our posture, a pattern of prayer, nor any props or formulas that we use when we pray; it is the truth that we can approach a Holy God,, creator of the universe, who is desirous of a relationship with us as our Heavenly Father, who promises to meet us in our every need, and to provide us His strength through our ever trial.
From the September 29, 2013 WSBC Prayer and Praise