Do you often feel like you’re playing catch up—with your sleep, eating well, exercising regularly, laundry, and many other aspects of everyday life? With my constant traveling, I know I do.
Often we can feel this way about our spiritual lives, too. We fall behind in the time we spend on feeding and nurturing our souls. We don’t spend as much time in God’s Word as we’d like, and we don’t have room for prayer.
We can pray anywhere and at anytime, but this doesn’t seem to make it any easier to be consistent in prayer. We get distracted too easily. We fall asleep, even.
We may manage a regular, if a somewhat short, prayer time for a while, and then inevitably, our “routine” gets disrupted.
Maybe you have an especially busy week, or it’s school vacation and the kids are home, or you’re in a season of travel like me…then your prayer practice seems to disappear altogether.
The challenge is getting back into your routine once things return to normal. Then, the cycle of an up and down prayer life begins again.
How do we stop this happening?
My personal prayer time will wax and wane like the moon, unless I have a sacred spot to pray.
A sacred space makes it different. Our communion with God becomes easier.
Sometimes we think a sacred space can only be in a church, or someplace our experience deems as “holy”. However, any place we go to repeatedly becomes sacred, because God is there.
A friend of mine has a prayer chair. What a great idea, to have a spot within your home.
Susanna Wesley, mother of the great preacher John Wesley, found her sacred space by hiding behind her apron, throwing it over her head when she needed to spend time with God.
I used to retreat to the running track in our town, until we moved.
Jesus climbed a mountain.
When we can get away from it all, we are more intentional. It makes prayer easier. It allows us to develop a habit.
As my foot hit the track, I couldn’t but help start praying because I was used to talking with my heavenly Father in that place.
It was like God was there, waiting for me to show up. He was there.
It’s more than finding a routine; it’s because our sacred space makes space for an opportunity—to be changed.
God will meet you there and change your heart. In the private time, on that sacred turf, God does his work.
This week, find your zone to pray in. Perhaps it’s a secluded path through the woods, a rocking chair on the porch, a park in the city, a corner of your room—a setting where you can get close to God and he can get close to you.
Make this space your special go to place.
Find a sacred place to be with the One who is sacred.