Make it Your Place!

“I will appoint for you a place where he (you) may flee” (Ex. 21:13).  A place where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth” (Jdg. 18:10. “I will give you assured (true) peace in this place.(Jer. 14:13)  “For the place where you stand is holy” (Josh. 5:15). 

The Bible tells us in Genesis 19:27, “And Abraham went early in the morning to the PLACE (caps & italics mine) where he had stood before the Lord.”  This morning I read these verses over a number of times.  What was it that caught my attention?  After reading I began to reflect back to years ago when Jeannie and I were pastoring a church in So. CA. I felt impressed one Sunday morning to do a visual to tie in with the morning message.  In short it was this.  In my office in the home we owned, I had (and still do) a leather; barrel, style chair; that not only fit my personal size quite well; but also worked extremely well allowing me to kneel in front of it, to lean in to, and make it my place of seclusion, safety, comfort, to pray.  Since those early days we have moved to several homes and locations, and this blue, perfect size for me, ‘prayer chair’ has traveled those miles with me.  While I have books, Bibles, Commentaries, in my office on numerous shelves where they reside, the one item in my office (along with Bibles) that I would not even consider leaving behind is the chair I consider my ‘Prayer Chair!’

Lest you take me wrong let me explain that you and I can pray to the Lord from any place or time whenever and wherever we would choose.  I often pray while riding my road bike.  And guess what?  That’s okay!  I also find myself praying at times while driving.  And that is okay as well!  Even when I come down the stairs from the second floor in our home I often pray!  With the second floor some twenty-feet up, it’s always a good time to pray, thanking the Lord for safety for secure footing. It’s then to my office and my “place,” my prayer chair, where as Exodus 21 tells us, “there is no lack of anything that is on the earth.”

Jesus had His special place for prayer.  “Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray’” (Mk. 14:32).  “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (Lk. 5:16).  Daniel prayed “in his upper room,” three times a day!  Abraham, David, Nehemiah, all had their place of prayer.

Once you pick your personal place for prayer, you will find that ‘place’ becomes a place of safety.  A place you feel not only secure, but a ‘place’ where warmth surrounds you all the while you’re there.  Today, if you are even a little bit like me then you realize more and more how much you need your time alone with the Lord!  I’m unable to handle in my own strength the “fiery darts of the wicked one,” and that’s where prayer comes in, because “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world” (I Jn. 4:4)

Whatever you may end up calling it, from your sanctuary, your hiding place, your place to get away, or whatever, I encourage you to find or make for yourself a place…your place for prayer.

Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie

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