Finding Your “Certain Place” for Prayer
What do you do when you don't have a quiet place to be alone and pray?
Do you feel like you don’t have a quiet place to pray? Does your home often feel busy and a bit too distracting for focused or intimate prayer?
Sometimes the issue is home clutter. I tend to lose focus when the space around me is disorganized.
But even if you fix the clutter issue, having a physical place to go to and pray – away from the pull of responsibilities and relationships – can be hard.
It seemed a bit challenging for Jesus too.
15 But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. 16 But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray. – Luke 5:15 – 16 NRSV
Right before he withdrew from the crowds to pray, Jesus had just performed a miracle of healing.
And, Luke’s gospel documents Jesus’ consistent back-and-forth rhythm of spending time with people – teaching, healing, or performing miracles – and spending time with God alone in deserted or certain places.
There are several parts of my day when I find myself praying amid my activities.
You know, praying while I’m cooking or during a moment of some sort of task.
Sometimes they’re more like breath prayers when I say, “Father I need your wisdom right now.” or “Father help Kendall with her Math lesson, she’s having a hard time.”
These prayers don’t need a special place or designated time – I just pray them as I need to.
Instances like these are good and necessary, but, I still need to get away with God alone to pray.
So what do I do?
I’ve had to troubleshoot this several times over the years, and I want to share 5 simple things I’ve done to create a “certain place” to pray.