4 Places You Can Pray

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“There is no need to get to a place of prayer; pray wherever you are.”

– Oswald Chambers

In a Closet

Jesus told His disciples “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:6) and “you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward” (Matt 6:5). If you’re praying only to be seen, you’ve got your reward already (to be seen by others).

In Bed

I remember hearing an old preacher say that the first thing he did before he even got out of bed was to pray. If I remember right, I think he prayed for God to be glorified at his expense; to avoid temptation that might lead to sin; and to ask for a divine appointment with someone who needs to hear the gospel. There is nothing wrong with praying in bed and besides, it should be the first thing you do to start your day and start it off right.

In your Car

Many of us have to commute to work and some have to travel a half an hour or more so why not use that time driving or sitting in traffic (for some) to pray to God. It is the very best use of your time. Why waste that time driving or sitting in traffic when you can communicate with the God of the Universe. No time spent in prayer is ever wasted.

While you’re Waiting

I am not a very good patient while waiting in the doctor or dentist office. I just hate waiting so I decided to use that time to pray, not caring what others thought of me. I didn’t pray out loud of course but you can pray anytime you have to wait; in line at the store, in traffic, at the doctor’s office, or just getting your car tags renewed.

Conclusion

There are certainly more than four places you can pray so share with us where you choose to pray during your day. I know that a prayer closet or private place is a great place for prayer as it cuts down on the distractions; I love to pray in bed before I even begin the day; I use the time driving to either listen to sermons on my mp3 or pray; and I pray anytime I have to wait for something and in this way, time is never wasted. For sure, prayer is vital in our relationship with God so why not keep the lines open and pray always, or at least anytime you have the chance.

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Jack is a pastor & ordained elder of the Brethren Church & prison minister in the State of Kansas. You can find more writing from Jack at WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com and FaithInTheNews.com.

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