Galatians 6:7-10 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” NKJV
One additional element that is vital in our Pursuit of Persistence in Prayer and fulfilling the Purposes of God in our lives is we must have a Place of Prayer. It is important to not be helter skelter or hit and miss in our time or place of prayer. If you have a specific time and specific place of prayer you will be far more inclined to pray than if you simply pray when the mood strikes you and it is convenient. Jesus suggested that in Matthew 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” The word “secret place” or “closet” in the Greek is [Tameion] it means a secret chamber, closet or storehouse and some have suggested that it could be rendered “bed chamber” as an expression of a place of intimacy and rest.
Abraham or Abram as he was known then had a special place sanctified or set apart for prayer, as seen in Genesis 13:2-4, “Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the LORD.” Jeremiah had a place of prayer, Lamentations 3:55-57, “I called on Your name, O LORD, from the lowest pit. 56 You have heard my voice: “Do not hide Your ear from my sighing, from my cry for help.” 57 You drew near on the day I called on You, and said, “Do not fear!” Jonah found that God gave him a place of prayer, Jonah 2:1, “Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly.” I would suggest that if you do not establish a place of prayer and frequent it God may well engineer your situation where you will find your place of predicament a place of prayer. The place you could have avoided if you had gone to your place of prayer and prayed.
Let me offer a few suggestions for your Place of Prayer. Look for a Quiet Place where there are few, if any, distractions. A place that you will not disturb others or be disturbed. A place of solitude where you can be alone with God. Also, look for a Specific Place. If you have a specific place that you pray, not a shrine but a place where you can get alone with God and pray you will be reminded of the importance and need of prayer. Finally, look for a Functional Place. You do not want to make your place of prayer the Living Room where others are coming and going interrupting you. You do not want to make it the garage where it is often too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer for you to focus. You want a place that is comfortable but not conducive to nodding off. A place that is conducive to private prayer. You and only you can determine what works best for you. I have a friend that says he lays in bed and prays. If that works for you that’s wonderful. It would not work for me because I’d probably drift off to sleep and lose my focus.
It is important that we develop a Prayer Perspective, make Prayer a Priority, Pray with Purpose, develop a Pray Plan, and find a Prayer Place. I believe those will help you become Persistent in Prayer and develop a consistent Prayer life that will impact your world and life for the Cause of the Kingdom of God.
God, bless you richly is my desire and prayer.