Do You Have A Prayer Closet?

I have a great worship video to show you. But before that, let me tell you why it’s so special. It’s 3:40am right now. For the second night in a row, I’ve been awake since about 1:30am. So tonight (this morning), I decided to get out of bed and go into my prayer closet.

This has been a very challenging week for me. Just when I feel like my most intense battles are behind me, I wander onto a battleground so fiery, it punches the life from my lungs.

My greatest weapon (and yours) in such times, is our prayer closet.

In the prayer closet (that designated place where we meet with God), these are the prayers we say to Him…

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember You…

I hear the tumult of the raging seas as Your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:1-8 NLT)

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The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. (Psalm 23:1-5 NLT)

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Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. (Psalm 91:1-2 NLT)

All of these verses are true. God is the water you long for (and need). He is the One who gives you true rest. He gives you peace. He renews your strength. In the prayer closet, He eats a meal with you in the presence of your enemies. He is your shelter, your refuge, your place of saftey, and your God.

Here is the worship video I’m playing in my prayer closet this morning, as I find: water, rest, peace, strength, shelter, refuge, and safety.

How beautiful this love, You would lay down Your crown
Surrender Your throne in heaven, so that I could be found
How awesome is this love that conquered the grave
Love that can move the mountains, yet knows me by name

It’s unbreakable, it’s undeniable
Nothing will ever, separate us

Your love is higher than the skies up above
Your love is wider than what I can dream of
Your love is deeper, it’s the greatest of all

Holy are You Father
A love like no other
So vast like the universe
Is Your love, is Your love

A beautiful song, and a beautiful moment with God… just meditating on His Love for you and me. I’m praying for you while I’m awake, calling out the names of my friends and family.

Does it seem like you are surrounded with challenges today?

Don’t just stand there exposed to the onslaught of your enemies. Build a prayer closet on your battlefield. Meet with God, and watch what happens. He is a God who does miracles for those who believe in Him!

Dream Big,

Chuck

Ps: Today’s image from Ricky Sorenson

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34 thoughts on “Do You Have A Prayer Closet?

  1. Amazing Grace!! I am so honored by his love. Nothing comes between him and his love. To lay down your crown for me is powerful and I Debbie will carry his love in my heart and keep toward the cross. Go forward and speak of his love to all , share the light that has been given me. Looking with eyes wide open,to shelter the lost and lead them forward up the mountain and beyound. Thank you Jesus for your love!!

    • Deb, you have a beautiful way with words. God is shining through your comments and conversations with people every day. Thanks for lighting our my blog this morning. I’ve been praying for you and your mom this morning. I hope you both feel the difference.

  2. Pastor Chuck,
    This is good word for us this morning. It sounds like a prayer watch time. I feel the prayer covering. Thanks for your faithfulness.

    • I prayed for you this morning Amanda… read some of your book from my kindle last night and loved it even more the second time! You are a blessing beyond words.

  3. Now, I know what the term “prayer closet” means, but I have literal places that I seem to be able to really get alone with God. Strangely enough, I have three prayer closet places: one is my car, one is my living room when I am home alone where I can dance and praise God wildly and the third is, yes, my bathroom. It seems some of the best prayer time and revelations happen in the bathroom. I know some people are saying, “Ewwwww, I really didn’t want to know that.” But it sometimes seems that is the only time I am still enough to talk to and hear from God without any distractions. Kinda reminds me of the story you told at church about a POW who was assigned to clean the bathroom/cesspool area of a prison camp. The POW used that time to be alone with God b/c he was beaten by soldiers any time it appeared he was praying. The Lord gave him a prayer closet in the unlikeliest (word?) of places, but it was the only “safe” prayer spot for the POW. Among the mess and stinch, he was able to talk to and hear from God. That story has stuck with me and I often think of how it reflects the love of God…in our stinkiest, messiest times, He will give us a place to reach out to Him. He will hear and answer our prayers. Sometimes the trials of this life, like a prayer closet in a cesspool, are God’s mercies in disguise. So when we think God has “allowed” us to put cast into the muck and mire and has forgotten us, if we remember His promises and reach out to Him even though we feel cast aside, we will see that God is there with us through the muck and mire and will pull us out of the sludge. We must appreciate the prayer closets God provides and the situations we encouter that send us to the prayer closet.

    • I, too, enjoyed Brandy’s post–one of my prayer closets is the bathroom too! With two little ones afoot the bathroom is sometimes the only place I can be where, at the moment, Mom is off-limits if just for a moment or two! In those moments, most of the time on my knees in the floor of the bathroom, I get a cool, refreshing drink I need for the marathon of the day ahead. Thank God for those little snipets of time where God refuels me. Wihout Him I would be a desert without an Oasis!!

  4. I think I need to be spending more time in my prayer closet…without letting my mind wander (or if it does, to bring it back). I’m on a 2 week Spring break right now – much needed. However, I do have something I am contemplating and praying over…and trying to seek the Lord’s direction. So, if you think of it, can you pray for me to have wisdom, and an answer…

    • Shelley, how is Canada these days? I miss our chats! I pray that you find that refreshing you’re looking for… and the direction! If it’s about moving to VA to help us at DFC, then you should just do that!! lol

  5. One of my prayer closets is also the bathroom, whether at home, work, public, wherever. My accountability and prayer partner always chuckles as God gives me some of the GREATEST REVELATIONS while pondering and praying in the bathroom. God doesn’t care where we are. HE just cares that we are willing to pray and be used by Him in any circumstance or situation that He sends our way. Great revelation Brandy and thank you.

  6. Chuck,

    I was compelled to come “visit” your blog this a.m. I am in one of the MOST difficult seasons of my life. I know we have yet to meet (other than on Twitter and by association through my sister Kim E.) but you have been an encouragement and inspiration to my life and walk. (Imagine what your book might do for me!) This season of life is requiring a level of faithfulness, of which I failed many times, and endurance that is unparalleled.

    You wrote: “Just when I feel like my most intense battles are behind me, I wander onto a battleground so fiery, it punches the life from my lungs.” This articulates clearly where I am- even though some of this battle I entered because of my own sinful choices and human frailty.

    I could sit and write my own blog here (yes, I do actually have one) but I simply wanted to say “thank you”. Thank you for your authenticity, your compassion, your encouragement, and your unwavering faithfulness. Lord shine His face upon you… oh, wait… He does! 🙂

    • Steffanie, You’re a natural writer! Wow, your words are moving. Even though you’re going through so much, you are still hanging on by a thread… and more than that, God is holding you up. He will never let you go.

      Thank you for encouraging me. I wake up a few hours before the sun every morning, with TWO strong desires:

      1. To love God with more and more of myself, because “He who is forgiven much, loves [God] MUCH”… and I have been forgiven much, and it makes me truly and eternally grateful… I love God MUCH!

      2. To make that “once in a lifetime” difference in someone else’s life. Whether it is on the social network, or on the phone or text, or it’s in person… or even through my prayers… I ask God to grant me this ONE wish, to spend me up for the sake of helping others.

      It’s sounds so honorable, but still, just like every other person, I’m only really as good as the God who gives me these desires. When we say, to God be the glory… some people mean it more than others. I can’t say it enough, because I believe it to be true on the highest level. He is the LOVE that lights my heart and yours.

      I think I may paste these comments into this mornings blog. Powerful conversation!

      Have a beautiful day Steffanie. 🙂

      • Chuck,
        I am humbled… the glory of God radiates through your life. You epitomize the ‘more” in the promise of being more than a conqueror. I will heed your words of encouragement; I will ask Lord to deepen both of the desires you mentioned. I too DEEPLY desire to speak life and hope in the lives of others for and to the glory of our God… I am just in a season where a lot of ‘junk’ is being brought to the surface. Just when you think you have been to your most broken place… well, you know. I will walk it out; but am praying I will return to “running” the race… soon. As I imagine Joseph would say: When you are given a promise, most often there is process between the pit and the palace. I am definitely in process!
        Blessing & Favor be all over you today! 🙂

        • And blessings to you as well. I’m preaching on Sunday about Joseph and the coat of many colors… and about God’s favor. There is definitely a process… a journey. We cannot fail, as long as we don’t give up! Thank you for encouraging me. Your best days are still ahead!