In my laundry list of things to do last week — hit up the Gospel Music City Awards show (nominated for best new artist in Nashville –whoop!) then the taping for the Bobby Jones Musical Matinee along with preparing for leading worship, corporate prayer and spending some getaway time with God, I started thinking about the concept of the prayer closet. (– I’ll have a post about the awards soon!)
In the house that I’ll eventually move into, where I’ll have my very specialized of everything — I didn’t think about a dedicated space to pray. Now, I don’t know if the term ‘prayer closet’ originated with someone’s actual closet, but it tickled my brain enough to share my thoughts with you. I can remember my grandmother having a stool with a huge large print bible on it, and a small rug in front of it. That was her place to pray. With the convenience of everything (LOL) in modern society, having a set space to pray is rare, for most western Christians. Most people talk about problems with having a set TIME to pray everyday, let alone making a space solely dedicated to prayer. What’s the catch?
Being an athlete, there is a LOT of science that I’ve read and lived behind muscle memory. Muscle memory is basically where you do something so much, that your body recalls what to do, without you thinking about it. So when you see athletes bounce a ball 7 times, shift weight, then hop, then serve/shoot/swing — it’s not just superstition. It’s muscle memory. You don’t have to worry about the crowd if your body takes over what you’ve done 1000’s of times. Our bodies, once trained, will repeat the activity without us thinking about it. By the way, that’s why studying in bed doesn’t/didn’t work. Your body is programmed to SLEEP there. So “training” it to do something different always entices a very slumberful study session. :o)
Why and how did I miss this crucial step in my prayer life? Prayer, is a vital part of my existence. It’s saved conversations from going into the gutter, which means it’s also saved my reputation, even if that was with a person of 1. I have to remind myself that communicating with God on-the-go, is just like eating on the run. It’s just not the same as sitting down at my own dining room table, and enjoying a meal. Even if that meal is simple, it just feels better at the table.
I’m thinking about my ideal prayer space. I hope this post challenges you to do the same.