Today I read a devotional from Rick Warren about the importance of finding a special space to spend time with God each day.
This is not the first time I've heard of this idea of having a defined space to spend with God, although I have to admit was skeptical about the need for such a space until I tried it myself.
However, as I realized the growing importance of devotional time in my life I decided to create a dedicated space for prayer and Bible reading. That's the space you see above.
This room used to be my office. Instead, I moved my desk to a quiet area downstairs. At that point I began to call this my library...but honestly, this is where I go to pray and have devotional time with God.
At first that concept felt strange and uncomfortable to me. I recall a friends who pointed to a small room in her home and called it her prayer room, and my internal reaction was 'what a weird thing to call a room'.
Now the tables have turned and as much as I avoid the label, the room you see above is for all intents and purposes, my prayer room.
Why is it a necessary part of my life?
I've found that it has become a place where I strip away all of my vulnerabilities and come honestly before God, often on my knees in prayer, to reveal my deepest fears and longings...often in tears. For this reason, it has become a sacred space that I reserve for just those meetings.
It is also a place where I read my Bible and some of my favorite devotional books, those are the books you see on the little table.
I'd like to encourage you to find or create your own sacred space. It doesn't have to be a dedicated room, it can be any quiet space where you can go to find God in prayer. Before I created this room, I actually used to speak to God when I was alone in my car or even in the shower, when I didn't want my tearful prayer to be heard.
By the way, that's another important quality of your sacred space...it should be a place where you can speak aloud to God. I don't know why, but speaking my prayers aloud gives them a conversational quality that helps me to feel that they are really being heard.
Wherever you find your sacred space, let it become a place that you go to regularly to spend quiet, private, heart-opening time with God. I believe you will be amazed at how it grows your intimate relationship with God, and how He works in your life.
I'd love to hear about your sacred space.