I cleaned out my closet a few days ago. And not just because the huge pile of clothes draped over my jewelry box threatened to topple over. I sorted shoes and folded sweaters on the shelf. I organized and straightened.
But I did a lot more than that.
I carved out a space to pray.
It might sound cheesy and predictable, but while I sat in the dollar theatre and watched War Room with my family this past weekend, I couldn’t stop the tears. Because I knew my home didn’t have a place where we went to battle in prayer for what matters most.
It was the one room in my house I couldn’t find.
Generally, I’m not a fan of “Christian movies,” but I’m not going to lie, this one is powerful. And the message it sends to our kids is profound. I teared up when the little girl –after seeing what her mother was doing–copied it and wrote out her own prayers she was asking God to answer.
There are areas in my life that will only change through prayer. Oh, I pray. . . at my desk, in the car, under my breath, but rarely on my knees. I make prayer lists and I jot down Scriptures, but I’ve never created a space that holds all of these, a place that calls me to lay down my burdens. And it might sound, hokey instead of holy, but I already feel pulled to curl up in my closet and talk to Jesus.
I taped one of my favorite pictures of my kids and a couple of favorite verses to my closet wall. I wrote out some of the prayers I’ve been praying over my husband and children and Mercy House and hung them, too.
My kids saw my project (which looked a lot like strewn clothes and shoes) and they teased me a little about it. “Kids, we can pray anywhere. This may seem silly, but there are problems and challenges in my life that can only be answered in prayer. And I’m getting serious about them,” I explained.
“Yeah, but are you going to shout and stomp your feet like the lady does in the movie?” my son asked and gave me a little example. “I’ll probably just lay here on my closet floor and cry,” I told him. I think that shocked him.
I want my kids to know that I value prayer, more than I do closet space or pride or time. It’s time that I show them.
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