One of the biggest problems that we often encounter is that people spend more time talking about prayer and prayer request than actually getting on their knees and praying. Jesus called us to a different kind of prayer. He said, "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" (Mt 6:6). He called us to be personal and up-close with God.
In the movie, "WAR ROOM", the main character has a closet that she has set aside as her personal area of prayer. This is a wonderful idea to get away from the distractions of life and come before the Lord in a personal time of communication between just him and you.
Unfortunately, most of us may not have the space. Don't worry, Jesus wasn't telling you to build on to you house or tear up some closet full of junk. He just wanted you to have a personal and private time with God.
Jesus often left the noice and distractions of his active ministry to go and be alone with God. Yes, the ministry was important. Yes, the people were important. And Yes, the message was urgent. But Jesus knew that he needed that time alone with God to refresh and recharge and to reconnect to God's purpose and will.
A young boy at camp was homesick. I don't usually let the kids call home because mom and dad worry and often show up wanting to take the child home. But this boy was not connecting with the other children and was not engaging with the program. So we stood in the office as he quickly dialed the number. Mom and Dad where not home. But the young boy listened to the message on the answering machine as tears filled his eyes. Then he hung up the phone, dried his eyes, thanked me and ran from the office. I followed him out thinking this had made it worse but the young boy ran up to some children who were playing ball and quickly joined in. Sometimes you just need to hear the voice from home to reaffirm your peace.The same is true of God. We need to reconnect with him on a daily basis to reaffirm our peace.
I encourage each of you to find a quiet place to call your prayer room.