Prophetic Hour

For two months now, we have been considering simple secrets to improving your prayer life. This has become necessary because of the widespread challenge that many face with being  effective in prayer.

As we stated in earlier posts, this challenge is not just exclusive to those who are new in the faith, as even those you may consider as very spiritual like pastors and church leaders may face the same situation.

This is why we began to look into simple secrets that could make you more effective in the place of prayer.

If you would remember, in the part 2, we talked about the Secret of praying in tongues. This month however, we would be going further to discuss one more secret that can help improve your prayer life.

 

  1. The secret of Praying in a specific Place:

Having a specific location where you pray is another important secret that can help you develop your prayer life. It is about having a dedicated place where you meet with God on a regular basis otherwise referred to as an altar. This does not have to be a big space as it may be a small corner in your house, your bedside, your library, closet or any other quiet place in your home or workplace, so that whenever you want to pray, you may go to that place. We see in the Bible that Jesus had such a place.

 

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. – Mark 1:35

Setting up this place does not mean that God cannot answer you until you pray in that certain place, instead, it is a measure that provides the discipline to focus your mind in prayer. By setting up such a dedicated place, whenever you step into that place, everything in you would know you want to pray, and hence you will find it easy to focus and to quieten your spirit.

Also, we can learn this from the patriarchs of old, especially Abraham. Wherever he went to sojourn, he reared up an altar.

And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.  – Genesis 12:8

Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD. – Genesis 13:4;

Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.  – Genesis 13:18

We see also that even Isaac his son followed in his footsteps.

And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well. – Genesis 26:25

Now, there are some who may say, No! the altar of God is in our hearts, so we do not need an altar. This can be because they may be looking at altars from a one-sided perspective. As a believer, you go to church and your church is in a building. Have you every thought, ‘How come there is a place in every church called the altar? Why do we preach from the altar? Why do we invite people to the altar to pray or rededicate themselves to the Lord?

So we see that this is not about a religion, it is about an understanding of the law of specification and concentration. The sun shines everywhere, but through the magnifying glass, we are able to concentrate the heat of the sun in one place and suddenly, fire begins in that place. What has happened is that we have been able to concentrate the heat of the sun in a specific place, and thereby releasing the power that is hidden.

 

Although God is everywhere, yet we choose a spot to come to and worship Him. This helps us to concentrate His presence in our midst. This further buttresses the importance of specification.

 

Another advantage of praying in a specific place is that family and friends will know not to disturb you when you are in that spot. Setting up an altar like this can also open up a spiritual portal through which angels can ascend and descend.

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. – Genesis 28:12

 

Praying in a specific place also creates a physicality when it comes to the presence of God with us. We all know that God is with us and that He is everywhere. But when we dedicate a place to Him, we are allowing His Omnipresence to become localized, thereby becoming tangible and continually available in the physical realm. This is why when you go to certain places, you can literarily feel the presence of God because His presence has become localized in that place.

How you may setup a specific place of prayer

If you own an office or bedroom or any space, you may want to consider the following factors in setting a place aside for prayer.

  1. Let it be a place that people will not easily pass through.
  2. Have a small stool or table that will serve as an altar, as the landmark of a dedicated place is the altar erected in that place.
  3. Create a covenant of meeting, in other words, try to determine a specific time or ways you may want to approach that place and have a quiet time of prayer.
  4. Do not let any person sit in that spot irreverentially.
  5. You may want to have a bowl where you can put an offering every now and then when you come to worship the LORD. An altar that is not serviced by an offering is not an altar. Remember, offering does not mean an animal, it just means something of value, meaning that when we talk about offering to the LORD which we do today with cash, whether it be freewill offering, tithes, honour offering, etc you would want to worship the LORD with it and drop it in that place.

 

Please note, if that place is not secured or solely accessible by you, it is important that you take out your offering from that place after worship to prevent the offering from being stolen. You may then send the offerings from your altar to the altar of any church of your choice preferably where you worship, to connect your altar to the altar of your man of God. So beyond praying in this place, it is also a place of worship, sacrifice and dedication.

 

Next month, we would be considering the secret of praying at a specific time.

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