Where do you meet God for your daily quiet time? I have found that creating a prayer space at home to meet God makes all the difference! Daily quiet time stills our souls and helps us escape the noises of our lives. Having space sets the stage for a rich prayer life.
Since moving back home after the fire I have been at work, creating a little nook of my own. Some of my richest prayer times have been sitting in a comfy chair, where I would meet God each morning.
Be still and know that I am God..Psalm 46:10
Being creative, discipline and order do not come easy. Just being real here. For years I have started my morning in prayer and bible study. My morning prayer time goes much better if I have everything to together. Have you sat down and started to read the bible and realized you don’t have a pen. You get up gather one and start again. Then you realize your missing your reading glasses and can’t see a thing. Back up again. All these distractions are just that – distracting you from meeting Jesus.
First, find the space or spaces that are most conducive to being still. Make it your prayer space, a place you wake up and go to. It is your meeting place with God. Growing up I would wake up and Dad would be sitting on our couch reading the Bible. Some people like to sit outside. My most precious times with Jesus were in a blue and white striped chair.
Combat the distractions by creating a prayer tray or basket where you gather everything you need for your quiet time. When I am starting a cooking class cook we talk about mis-en-place. Mis-en-place means putting everything in its place. It refers to gathering all the ingredients for your recipe prior to starting to cook.
Making a prayer box or tray is the mis-en-place of prayer. It is where I put everything I need for my time of Bible study and prayer. I grab my basket and place on my bed or next to the chair and I can settle in for time with God.
Elements of A Prayer Box
- Colored Pencils
- Accu Gel Highlighters
I switch between handwriting my journals to using this amazing little program called Day One, an online journal. You can password protect it and you have a page for each day. Day One has features like adding photos and
Before I start my quiet time I open up my laptop to Day One. Some days I want to write out my prayers, but most mornings I journal them in Day One. It has all these great features where you can add photos and tags. Sometimes I add the tags, but mostly I journal and that is it. I do use templates. Last year when I went through Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever, he shared a template that he used every day. It guides me through what I want to think about every morning.
This year I wanted to stretch my study time to including creative bible journaling so I have included my Journaling Bible and a handful of colored pencils. I discovered this awesome book – Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of Your Bible. Even if you don’t want to draw in your bible, it is a great book for creating space in our lives for God.
When we create a space and organize everything we need for our quiet time, it is easier to enter into time with the Lord. Do you have a system for your prayer time? I would love to hear. Share in the comments below!