I remember sitting in the movie theatre taking a mental tour of my home wondering where on earth I was going to fix my prayer room. Ms. Clara from the movie War Room was such a wonderfully powerful character that I feel certain she had people all over the country running home to clean out their closets. Unfortunately, reality smacked me in the face like a wet rag when I got home and stood in front of my closet….my teeny tiny closet. I couldn’t imagine getting inside of that closet even if I could manage the equally impossible task of finding somewhere else to put all of my clothes, shoes and other stored treasures. So, what are us tiny closet girls to do for a prayer room? I have actually come up with two solutions that I wanted to share with you. The first is my prayer corner. After the disappointing moment in front of my closet, I began to scour the house searching for a spot to claim that would be private enough that I could have quiet time and that my personal prayers would not be on display for all to see. I finally settled on the corner of my sewing room directly behind the door. The back side of a door and it’s adjacent wall is plenty of space to post prayers, scripture, pictures of family members to pray for as well as missionary prayer cards and of course answered prayers. It works well for me to close the door and pull my chair over to my little corner for prayer time…as long as there is a clear path to the door. After all, someone once said a creative mind is a messy mind, and believe me that goes for the room where they are creating as well!! The second, I am a little more partial to and it is a prayer basket. This summer when I was in the Dominican Republic we visited the Lily House, a home and business for women who are learning a trade while being discipled and ministered to so that they can provide for their families. We had prayer time when we first arrived and the director had a basket she called her prayer basket that had an item with a card attached to it representing a prayer for each woman in the program. I thought to myself aha! What if tiny closet girls have a prayer basket instead of a prayer room! Yes! This will work! Then we can carry our prayer basket into any room in the house where we can find peace and quiet in the moment that we need it! In your basket you can keep preprinted scriptures, a pen and index cards to write out prayers, pictures of family members or friends you are praying for, missionary prayer cards to remind you to pray, small reminder items such as a toy soldier to remind you to pray for the troops, tissue to catch tears of joy, awe or sorrow, and finally a journal or small notebook to record answered prayers. Girls, grab your bible and your basket and meet with God all over the house!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7