“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6, NLT).
Prayer is an offensive tool in our spiritual toolbox. We can scream all we want, protest all we want, take Bible studies and even attend church, but if we fail to use the one thing God calls us to do (pray), our efforts are futile. God wants to fight for us.
“…for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Deuteronomy 20:4).
In the movie, Elizabeth used her clothes closet, but my closet is a shared closet with my husband so I can’t remove all of the distractions. However, there are a couple things I love about the closet I chose in my house. First, the closet sits under our front stairwell. It is the place we use as our “safe shelter” during extreme weather. This “safe shelter” is where I will now do business with the Lord as I sit under his wings of protection. Second, because of the location of this closet, an adult cannot stand up in it. I will have no ability to get up and pace around while I pray, but instead will be forced to be on my knees…in complete surrender.
My prayer closet is a work in progress (including whether or not I am keeping the cowboy rug!). As I moved my prayer journals into it last night, even without reading one word, I could see the many prayers that have been written… not counting the countless numbers of prayers which have been spoken or said silently in my head. So many of these prayers have already been answered. Just typing these words causes me to remember and be flooded with the overwhelming love of my Father. I don’t know what my closet time will look like, but I know God will meet me there. I am committed to stepping up my prayer life as I pray the word of God in accordance with His will.
One of the most moving parts of the movie is when a minister and his wife were looking at Miss Clara’s home and considering it for purchase. All of the furniture and belongings had been removed at this point, however as the minister walked into what was once Miss Clara’s prayer closet, he could sense that “someone had been praying in this closet.” I want the intensity of my prayer life to leave that kind of legacy and I hope you do too.
“No great movement of God ever occurs that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.” – Ronnie W. Floyd
Amen. I love this Erin. We are definitely in a spiritual war and the enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy. Thankfully however, the battle is already won through Christ Jesus. I'm making my war room this weekend!!
Blessed and challenged by this Erin! Prayer is so critical, and truly that's where the battle is. Going to make my war room too : )
Thank you for this #CallToPrayer. I will be in the trenches locking arms in prayer with my brothers and sisters in Christ.