Make Your Prayer Space Ready For God
Jesus notoriously went off into the garden of Gethsemane to pray before he was betrayed and eventually hung on the cross. What most do not know, is that in Hebrew, Gethsemane means: “a place for pressing oil.” This leads some theologians to infer that the Bible was telling its readers that Jesus was going into a place where Jesus could express the purest form of himself. Just as the wine press is used to extract the purest form of oils and wines. Similarly, when you are preparing a prayer space in your home or place of business, it is important to ensure that it is prepared in a way that allows you to focus on God as well as purification of self. In this article, you will learn the benefits of a prayer space, how to enhance your prayer space and what to do if you do not have one.
What Makes For A Good Prayer Space?
Ensuring that your prayer space is in appropriate condition can positively enhance your prayer life. Below, you will find a few tips for upgrading your space of worship.
- Clearing the clutter: There is a strong correlation with clutter and stress. In addition, over 70% of people with cluttered homes are overweight.
- Cleaning the air: Ensuring that the air inside your home is clean will help to keep your lungs and brain healthy and aid concentration.
- Avoiding distractions: Take out the unnecessary items in your prayer space. The less distractions your have, the more you can focus on your connection with God.
These are just a few tips to get you started on taking your prayer space to the next level. With well over two billion Christians in the world, each person will have their own unique methods of connection.
What To Do If You Don’t Have a Prayer Space?
Fortunately, you can pray anywhere. If you do not have a prayer space, it will not stop you from connecting with God. In fact, it will give you an opportunity to be creative in creating a sacred space for yourself. When you are low on space, it is recommended that you keep one room in your home clean and clutter free at all times. Though this space will be used for other things, it will always be ready for peace and prayer. If this is not possible, it may be beneficial to utilize the outdoors and connect with God in nature. No matter your situation, there is always space and time for prayer.
Editor's note: While Jesus spoke of praying in an inner room (Matthew 6:6), we frequently observe him praying (alone) out of doors. The principle is the same: to facilitate communion with the Father.