“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.”
Recently, a film has come out named “War Room.” In it, a family seeks help from an older, wiser woman – Miss Clara – when things start to fall apart. Spoiler Alert – if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t read the next paragraph.
Miss Clara prayed for someone to pass on the knowledge that God gave to her on how to pray for her life. God helped Miss Clara to see that she was at war, and helped her to develop a prayer strategy for every area of her life. One of the strategies was to dedicate a place, a closet in her home, her War Room, where she strategically and faithfully prayed for everything. This room became her favorite room in the house. Miss Clara faithfully passed her knowledge on to her protege, Elizabeth Jordan.
In Matthew 5:6-8, Jesus says, “And when you pray” three times. Anything Jesus repeats is very important, and indicates that we should pay attention. The intonation is that we are expected to pray. Not if, but when. He even gives us an outline of a prayer strategy in the next few verses.
So, let us ask the question: What area(s) of our life do we NOT have a DAILY prayer strategy? Do we consider prayer important enough to go to a secluded place (if at all possible) to communicate with our Creator, who provides for all of our needs? Have you noticed that God didn’t limit prayer in any way? He didn’t want us to stop communicating with Him for any reason – nothing is out of bounds (check out David’s prayer – Ouch!). He does say that anything we ask for in the Name of Jesus, or His character – what Jesus would ask for – would be given to us, especially if two or more of us agree on it. But we are not limited to that.
Let us thank our Creator today for the wonderful opportunity to talk with Him about anything and everything.
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You so love us that you have given us access to Your throne room, What a privilege You have bestowed upon us. Hear our cries, O Lord; Please do not turn your face from us when we seek you. Forgive us our sins; help us to allow Your light to shine in every aspect of our lives so that the darkness may be cast out. I have so many things to bring to You this day, Lord God. Let my heart be poured out before you like a drink offering, and may the meditations of my heart be upon You and Your Word always. Guide me that I may write down and address every area of life that, as I gird myself with Your armor, I will be prepared for what you have planned for me this day. This I ask in the name of the Son of the One True God, Amen.
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