4 Reasons Why It Is Important To Have A Special Place for Prayer

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Whenever you pray it is important to first have a special place picked out where you believe God will speak to you and where you will experience His presence.

Here are four good reasons why praying in a particular, quiet place is better that praying on-the-go.

1. When we find a quiet place to pray it gives us a chance to rest from all the evils of the world. When we shut out the world and meditate only on the things of God, as we rest our mind and our spirit in prayer, we also rest our body.

2.  A quiet place allows me to better dwell and commune with God. David said in Psalms 27:4,

 

One thing I have desired of the Lord,

That will I seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in His temple.

 

When God allows us to find a place where we can quiet our hearts before Him, we in turn are better able to see Him—to see His beauty. Even if we are in the desert or if we are praying at night in the dark, if we are tuned into God He will allow us to see His beauty in our mind and in our spirit.

In that quiet place we are also better able to inquire of Him. A soul that is rested and not in turmoil has a heart that is open and a spirit that is free to communicate what is on the heart.  Moreover, the secret place of prayer is where we are best able to tell God our secrets and where He tells us secrets.

3.  A quiet place is where we best learn from God. He says to us, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). When we are still and quiet before Him we will learn His voice. And when we find a quiet place to study and meditate on His Word He will be faithful to show us His will and His ways.

4.  If you can find a quiet place to pray it will allow you to be more focused on God and tuned into His presence. In this new found place, if you have come seeking God and are yielded to Him, He will let you find Him. Here the body may suffer a bit (especially if you are fasting), but your spirit will be awakened as His Spirit creates in you greater and greater desires for Him. Soon, if you continue to seek Him, you will lose the impression of the world and gain the impression of Christ. If you continue knocking on His door, seeking for more of Him so that your whole being—body, soul, and spirit—is reaching out to Him in praise and prayer, He won’t disappoint you.  He will indeed come to you (Matt. 7:8).  In these times, in these special places, God sometimes not only awakens the spirit, but He rejuvenates the body so that the whole man is revived and enraptured by His presence.  It is in these places that we will often capture a sense of timelessness, where heaven invades earth and floods us with heavenly joy; it is a joy so unspeakable; it is the joy of His presence that fills the heart and energizes the whole body (Rev. 3:20).

 

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Finding Quiet Places To Pray

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Whenever you pray it is important to first have a place picked out—a place where you will experience His presence and get a glimpse of heaven. A place such as this would be a quiet, lonely place, away from worldly distractions.  It can be inside or outside.  I usually pray in my study at my desk.  But once in a while I will go outside for a walk.  I especially enjoy praying by a quiet stream.  The movement of the water always invigorates my spirit.  When I see and hear the flowing water I sense His Spirit moving through me.  I am often reminded of what Jesus said: “He who believes in Me…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn. 7:38).

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Every Christian needs to have a special place to pray where he believes God will visit him and manifest Himself to him. In New Testament times most Jewish believers had a special room (like a porch) built on the top of their flat roof house, which they used for prayer.  They no doubt were convinced of the importance of private prayer.  Perhaps this “Upper Room” is what Jesus was referring to when He taught about prayer in Matthew 6:6: “When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father, who is in the secret place….”

Nonetheless, the idea of finding a private place to pray is important if we want to have a quality prayer time. Even Jesus needed time alone with His Father.  Scripture indicates that He was often found praying alone in a certain place (Lu. 11:1).

I can imagine that He had all kinds of special places where He prayed. The Bible tells us that He prayed at night on mountain tops (Lu. 6:12); He prayed in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-2); He prayed in lonely places (Matt. 14:13); and one of His favorite places, while He was in Jerusalem, was in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives (Lu. 22:39; Matt. 26:36).

Now I can just hear someone saying, “God is always with me. Why do I need to have a special place to pray?  I pray to God all the time wherever I go.”

This, I know, is the attitude of some people. But I want to correct that thinking.  Yes, we can and we should pray wherever we go.  But there is great value in finding a certain place to pray in.

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Looking Forward To Perfect Unity

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From the way it is now to the way it will be in heaven, we can definitely say that our prayers will be much more unified. Now our loyalty is divided.  Whether we will admit it or not, we have many idols.  There are times when we are full of the Holy Spirit and pray in the Spirit; in those times our prayers are united.  But a lot of the time we are not full of the Spirit, and so we unite ourselves with all kinds of sin and with idols.

What a change there will be in heaven. All sin, all disloyalty, all impurity, all our disunity will be a thing of the past.  From the time we see Him and are instantly glorified, we will take on a perfect, godly attitude toward each other—for we will be full of His Spirit and full of love for God and for each other.  In that wonderful moment when our eyes meet His eyes, the Spirit will unite us together with Him and with the Father.  In that moment each of us will miraculously become like Christ.  Our attributes and our behavior will become just like His.  All of us will have God’s love and joy and peace—to the fullest extent.  We will all be longsuffering toward each other; and we will have the qualities of kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to the maximum (Gal. 5:22-23).  A Christian has those things now, but not to the maximum and not all the time.

I think our unity with each other and with God will be such that we will keep in constant touch with Him and with each other—so that we will be in perfect fellowship, always knowing what is going on with each other and always communicating with each other. Never will there be any point of contention and any break in fellowship.  And our prayer-communication with God will always be sweet and full of love.

We will have many personal differences in heaven, as we do now, but we won’t let those differences divide us. We of course will have different personalities (different looks, character traits, habits, and drives), different skills and abilities, even different levels of knowledge—which suggests that we will disagree on some things.  But in spite of all our differences, we won’t sin against each other or fight with each other.  Love will reign in all our relationships.

Our differences I think will be one of the things that give us pleasure and amusement, and will cause us to praise God. If we were all the same it would be rather boring.  Our differences allow us to see and marvel at the creative genius of God and to know that He cares about us and wants us to be happy.   Therefore, our differences, rather than bring a source of division, as is often the case now, will enhance our love for each other and for God.  When we see and experience the differences in each other, instead of feeling tension and fear and uneasiness toward each other, we will feel the wonder and grace of God and will be lifted up with joy.

And our differences will enhance our prayers; when we behold different voices and different offerings we will sense the joy it brings God; what a sweet harmony of voices (with different personalities) God will hear. God will be so pleased with us, and we with Him and with each other.  Yes, we forever will have perfect unity in prayer; a unity of love and peace in the Spirit.

 

 

 

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A More Perfect Love – Matthew 5:43-48

 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,  45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?  48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48, bold for emphasis)

 

Though I have read this passage many times, and though I have thought it was easy to understand, I have failed to get its full meaning, especially in the light of verse 45.

Yes I know verse 45 is talking about “common grace”—that God is gracious to all. But I have failed to relate it to me, to us, to how we should love. This verse is telling us that we as children of God must be gracious to all just as He is. He wants us to love everyone the same,  just as He makes the sun to rise on all, and just as He sends rain on all—whether good or evil.

I normally think of this passage as loving maybe one or two or three of my enemies that treat me badly and to also pray for them. But now I see Jesus saying to me that I should stretch out my hands to the whole world in love. This is a much broader and more inclusive love—a love that loves all, always.  It is a perfect (or complete) love, the kind of love the Father has and that we are to have.  It is a love that shows no favoritism (as in James 2:1-7), and also that does not regard one’s own interests or welfare. This love is absolutely other centered and without self-motives.

This is the kind of love good missionaries have, and that faithful pray warriors have—those that pray for all the people of the world, whether good or evil. This is the kind of love that opposing political parties should have for one another, even when they strongly disagree with each other.

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Drain the Swamp in Washington D. C.

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Three Things about United Prayer That Will Never Change

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Since I define prayer as communication with God, I think we should regard prayer as something we will do forever. And since believers will always be together, communicating with God together, I think we will always be involved in united prayer.

 

Here are three basic things about united prayer that will never change:

 

1. Jesus Christ, the one who makes united prayer possible, will always be our Savior and our High Priest. He is now and forever our High Priest, and He forever opens the door of friendship to God (Heb. 7:24-25). He will constantly, forever testify to the Father that He died for our sins and saved us.  Therefore, His blood works continually to keep us saved and to keep us reconciled to God.

Since all believers are forever saved, we are forever united to Christ and to each other. We are His body and He is the head.  We will never be separated from Him.

One of the duties of a priest is to intercede for his people. Christ is our High Priest and He continues to intercede for us.  And we are also priests.  From the moment God saved us and brought us into His family He made us priests like His Son (1 Pt. 2:9; Rev. 5:10).  We who are in His family and who are part of Christ’s body are a kingdom of priests. He is the High Priest over us and we are His little priests; we all take on the ministry of intersession and we all pray together as prayer partners in God’s kingdom.

As believers in Christ and as His partners in prayer we share all things with Him. We are now sharing His sufferings, and to some extent we are also sharing His new resurrected life.  Soon, in heaven, we will leave all our suffering behind.  We will then experience the new life with Him in a much fuller way, which will also include the exalted life where we will reign with Him forever (Rev. 5:10).

2. The Holy Spirit will always be with us as our comforter and intercessor. He now and forever exists as our intercessor, guiding us in our life and in our prayers. He will always be with us to show us how to live and how to pray. He is the one who will forever keep us united to the Father and the Son and to each other.  Likewise, He keeps our prayers united so that we are all praying the will of God (Rom. 8:27) and according to what Jesus Himself is praying.

3. Believers that are united in prayer abide in Christ. United prayer exists because believers are united. And believers are united because they abide in Christ as a branch abides in a vine (Jn. 15). This is true now and it will always be true.  There will never be an occurrence when we decide not to abide in Him and yet still be able to pray in unity.  United prayer will always require our full obedience and dependence on God—an obedience that is of a right heart, out of love.  Be assured that this in fact is how it will be.  Never will there be a moment in heaven when we do not obey God from a loving heart, and therefore that we will not be united with Him.  The absence of sin and the promises of God guarantee it.

God has promised us through His servant Paul (in 1 Corinthians 15:51-54) that when Jesus comes to get us “we shall all be changed” and “death is swallowed up in victory.” Likewise, in Revelation 21:4, God promised us through His servant John, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Likewise, since there will be no more pain, there will be no more sin; for pain and death comes as the result of sin (Rom. 6:23).

We also read in 1 John 3:2 that when Christ is revealed to us (when we see Him) we shall be like Him. If this doesn’t indicate our unity with God I don’t know what does.  The prayer of Jesus for us, in John 17:21, will finely be fully and completely answered—“that they may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us…”

What a great testimony this will be to the angels and also to those on the earth during the millennium: to see us in such grand unity; to see all of us, thousands of us looking like Christ. Yes, we will be like Him.  What a marvelous thing that will be!

 

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Four Purposes of Prayer That Are Eternal

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By purpose I mean the direction that prayer should take; that is, what things God has designed for us to pray about. The purposes of prayer has been set forth for us in the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13).  Some of the purposes will endure forever, but some will be discontinued after we are glorified—because they have to do with our present condition; namely prayer for forgiveness of sin, and for protection and deliverance from evil.

 

  1. For Needs and Desires

As for the purposes of prayer that will remain the same in heaven, the obvious purpose of prayer is for our daily needs. We will always be dependent on God for everything, and so we will need to pray about everything—with rejoicing and thanksgiving (1 Thess. 5:16).  We will not have the same needs in heaven as we do now, but we will still have desires.  We will not have trouble and pain and sorrow to pray about as we do now.  And we will not have to pray for our protection and deliverance from evil, and to be forgiven of sins as we do now (Matt. 6:12-13).  All these things will be over and done with.  But there still will be much to pray about.  Everything we do we will talk to God about.  Every decision will be prayed about—where to go, what to do, who to talk to.  Every desire I have for something I will ask Him about and He will immediately give those things to me (Jn. 16:24; Is. 65:24)—things I want to see, things I want to taste and eat, things I want to experience and explore, places I want to travel to.  Of course God always wants us to be involved in His work and His kingdom.  He will talk to me about that, and I will talk to Him and ask Him many things about what He wants me to do and what His will is. (Read how Moses and Elijah, who were in heaven at the time, discussed with Jesus His departure, Luke 9:30-31.)

The purpose of prayer is not just for daily needs and desires. It is also for the praise and worship of God; it is for His glory and kingdom and will.  This higher purpose is designed to take precedence over and to influence all our daily needs and desires so that all we pray about (every desire, every decision) is for His glory and according to His will.  There are three different points of prayer that Jesus has already outlined for us (in Matthew 6:9-10) that falls under this higher purpose of prayer: (1) “Hallowed be Your name;” (2) “Your kingdom come;” and (3) “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

  1. For His Glory

In the first point of prayer, “Hallowed be Your name,” we are asking God to show Himself to us so that we may lift Him up and glorify Him. For example, we may pray, “Lord, let me see who You are and what You have done so that I can tell You how great You are and how awesome You are.  Lord, You are so very holy.  I desire that all people treat You as You are—holy.  I desire that all people would praise You.  Help me treat You holy.  Show me how to see You and treat You as holy and perfect.  Lord I worship You.”

 

  1. For His Kingdom

Corresponding to the second point, “Your kingdom come,” we should and will pray something like this: “Lord, because You are so holy and so great, we desire to be part of Your kingdom and to experience all the great plans You have for us. Lord, we commit ourselves to You.  We want You to reign and rule over us as King.  Guide us and rule over us so that we may see Your holiness and be holy as You are.  We are Your willing servants.”

That is the spiritual part of prayer. As for the physical meaning, we now pray that Jesus will come soon bodily to rule and reign on this earth, to make all things right.  Of course in heaven our prayers will be a bit different.  We will pray, “Thank You for coming to us and for making all things new and better.”

 

  1. For His Will

Corresponding to the third point, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” now we pray for our salvation and sanctification and for everything to be done on earth according to His will, as it is being done in heaven. When we get to heaven, of course, all things will be done and will be going according to His will; and so we won’t need to pray about it, but I can imagine we will be thanking Him for eternity—for saving us and for making us holy, without sin.  But I suppose there is one thing we will pray about—that we will come to know Him better and better, that we will learn more and more of His will every day for eternity.  This will be our growing desire, and of course it is exactly what will happen.

 

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