Monday, July 31, 2017

What's So Important About Having a Sacred Space, and a Personal Prayer Team?

            DO YOU HAVE A SACRED SPACE? That special place in your home, or back yard, even, where when you go to it you know you go to meet the Lord. Study his word. Journal some thoughts. Read some inspirational material. A place you go where you can feel God coming to meet you as you settle in for some soul digging time.

            And do you have your very own prayer team? No? Then read this article I have linked below by Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter), to learn how important it is to establish a group of soul-connected believers you can trust with the deepest desires, fears, and secrets of your life.

            Did you know Moses even set up a “prayer closet”? Actually a tent. Outside the camp. A place where people could go to inquire of Moses. A kind of spiritual meeting place.
            While you might not be able to designate an entire room to prayer, is there a special (favorite) place in your home that is quiet and allows you to focus on God? A place where you can hang your “Do Not Disturb! Prayer in Progress” shingle and not be interrupted? Is there a special time during the day when you are unlikely to be disturbed in your prayers?
            While you might not be able to assemble a team, could you ask two or three other people to be a part of your prayer group? To pray for one another?
            I’m a part of a couple of prayer ministries. One at my former church is an on-line prayer team called “Knee Mails.” If you have a specific prayer request or praise, you can email it into the coordinator, and she shoots it out to everyone on the list. Another email prayer team I’m on is through a dear friend and pastor’s wife who faithfully sends all on the list a Verse of the Day to meditate on and any prayer requests sent in to the group. This particular prayer team has members all over the world, so we’re getting requests from across the country and from different countries, individuals and ministries.
            While you might feel overwhelmed by being involved with so many people, or feel these types of groups are too impersonal, pray about what you need, and who the Lord might gather with you to pray and support one another.
            As I’ve mentioned before, prayer is one of the number one activities (probably the most important, actually) a Christian can engage in. It should precede anything and everything you do in life. A day should begin and end with prayer.
           One of our greatest desires should be to become a mighty prayer warrior, along the lines of spiritual giants like Daniel. It’s a tall order, but a noble one.
            And, come to think of it, we should also be praying that our brothers and sisters in Christ become mighty prayer warriors. We need them to be!
            Enjoy Anne Graham Lotz’s post. As she says, a commitment to pray just doesn’t happen. It needs preparation. I know it will give you some things to think—and pray about.

            I’m off to the great Northwest this week, where once again I’ll be hunting for sacred spaces. Maybe off the beaten path locations, where I can do some serious soul digging, or just inviting God to show up and surprise me. He always manages to do that in some way, and it’s always glorious!
            Hope you’ve been able to carve out some sacred-space time and change of scenery this summer (or winter if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). If you have, let me know some of your favorite sacred space places.


May you prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 2).

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