Are You Listening?
It’s an exchange. The more you pour out, the more you get filled. After a few moments, you are more peaceful, confident, focused, and encouraged. You have increased discernment and your worry and anxiety is eliminated.
It all happens in the prayer closet.
Many people get confused about prayer and think it’s an overspiritualized activity filled with big words, talking to a mysterious entity that you can’t see, but prayer is much more practical than that. It is simply a conversation between you and your Father, Friend, and Savior.
A prayer “closet” is simply a place where you devote time to God. It can be any space of your choosing for the two of you to spend time getting closer to each other. Each prayer room is different and we each hear from God in a number of ways. Whether through the Bible, direct prayer, music, or silence, God is always speaking. It’s just a matter of whether or not we are listening.
One of the hardest things to do is discipline ourselves to pray. Sometimes we think prayer happens haphazardly, but it should be something we plan in our days. Just like you plan dates with your spouse or outings with your friends, so you should plan your time with God. Begin by devoting 15 minutes a day to each of the following areas:
- Reading the Word
- Responding in Prayer
- Reflecting on your Actions
When you take time out each day to be with God, you water the garden of your relationship. You give it life. Even if you don’t notice changes right away, there’s something happening under the surface. You are being rooted. There is great power in prayer. Begin to utilize the power that He’s given you!