All of my life I've heard spiritual people talk about the importance of a 'prayer closet,' which is in essence a 'place' that I consistently spend time alone with God. All of my life I've been confused about whether this was mandatory or even possible. Every time I would hear someone mention a 'prayer closet,' my mind would begin to spin again, thinking about a place that I could possibly designate as my 'closet.' It always seemed that it would have to be a place that only I would go, and that there would need to be some sacredness about it. Needless to say, I just continued to pray here, there, and everywhere.
The night before we moved, I was in the shower, thinking about my last time in different areas of the house: our last meal in the dining room, my last night to tuck the girls in their bed in the only room Allison has ever known, etc., and the weirdest thing hit me. I realized that for months and years, that shower had been my prayer closet! I began to cry as I thought about all of the times that my soul had cried out to God in that very place. Sometimes my shower prayers consisted of praying for a specific burden, sometimes they were me pouring out grief, pain, and questions. And then there were those wonderful times where God's presence poured out upon my soul just like the water from the shower poured onto my body.
Now, you might be thinking that it's just a little odd to have such a prayer closet, but I can give you five good reasons why it's a great place:
- The door has a lock.
- Between the fan and the running water, you can count on being able to talk to God without everyone hearing your conversation
- Showering is consistent, so that makes praying consistent.
- Multitasking is smart.
- A warm (scalding hot for me) shower is a relaxing experience which typically allows one to release the cares of the day. It is much easier to focus in prayer and hear God's voice when the mind is clear, the body is relaxed, and the spirit feels refreshed.
How 'bout you? Where is your favorite place to pray?