In the early Fall of 2015 my prayer life was a struggle. Yes, I was still having the quantity of prayer time as the month before. But, something was different. Instead of having sweet fellowship with the Lord and enjoying His presence, my prayer time became a time for me to complain to God, tell Him how to fix things, and walk away feeling the weight of every burden. As I prayed and brought up all the negative to the Lord, I left my prayer time feeling overloaded, full of the cares of this world, and quite defeated. It's not how God wanted me to start my day! When I realized this was happening, I knew it was time for an overhaul of this time I so desperately needed. I began searching the Bible for people who prayed. I began reading good books by prayer warriors. I jotted down ideas and began to change. I'm so thankful!!
As I've implemented some changes in my prayer life, I've enjoyed my time with Him again. Even though I still bring to Him my burdens and cares, I am trying my best to "leave it there" and let Him handle it for me. He does a much better job anyway!
One of the things I decided to do was to have a specific place for my morning prayer time. Of course, I still pray in other spots throughout the day, too. But, for my morning devotions I decided to have a specific place. I've had many spots through the years, the kitchen table, my closet, my bed with my nightstand close by, the chair in the living room, the front porch....many wonderful places to commune with my Savior! But, for here, I realized that the desk I use for school would be my perfect prayer corner! So, I began transforming it into the place that I would be for my devotions.
I used some square corkboard to hang verses and quotes on prayer. What an encouragement these are! I also hung pictures of my family and I love to look at their faces while I pray for them. I also have my red basket (I'll post more on that soon.), a small lamp for the perfect light in the early hours that I pray, and I have a drawer to put my Bible, journal, pens, stationary...lots of goodies. (Now that I think of it, I think I should add a chocolate bar to top it off!)
I praise the Lord for showing me that I needed to fix some things in my prayer life. I'm so thankful that He knew I needed better! My time with Him is so special and needful!
How about you? Do you have a specific place to pray? I would love to hear about it! Whatever the place, make sure your time with the Lord happens.