The Benefits Of Written Prayer And Sacred Spaces

I have a tendency to write out all my prayers and feelings toward God. This approach helps me to reflect upon what God is doing throughout my daily life.  It also helps with recollecting my memories.  In the case of faith, it is devoted to Christ.

People could ask themselves this question: “Has there been a moment or several in which I could have taken action in a consistent manner if I had paid attention to my prayer life?”  If we were to sift through the many scriptures about prayer, we would find an extensive how-to guide on the subject matter.

Of course, all of the references to prayer are inclusively important.  There is one in particular that stands out.  Soon after Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, He approaches His disciples –specifically Peter.  Jesus says;

Jesus says;

“What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:40-41 KJV).

In our first engagement in prayer, most of us are sincerely seeking diligently.

That is until distractions come our way.  The words that we hear from God’s Word and the Spirit’s voice are retained at first.  This is when the Spirit is willing.  However, the flesh becomes weak when the distractions of the world, our flesh, and the enemy of our souls keep us from meditation.  When we do not hide the precious words of the LORD in our hearts, It is easier to fall into temptation.

If I am holding onto my pen during my written prayers, it very well means that I am directing it toward a specific intention.  The intention is to retain and capture every meditative thought onto paper.  Those thoughts captured are now preserved and meant to be once again retained.  It is a repeated cycle.  The same can be done without pen and without paper.

No wonder it is important to go to a secret place to pray as Jesus mentions.  How can the cycle of meditative prayer be practiced without the study of God’s Word?

Some Bibles will have the word ‘Selah.' This word is made popular in the Psalms, but its method of use can have creative implications.   The word is commonly suggested to relate to a musical piece in biblical times.

Its given application can also mean “stop and pause”.  After each verse or passage read out loud, we can reflect on the meaning of its interpretation.  After considering what the text says, we can ask God what it really means.  This is when we pray through the text.  Usually our prayers become answered in the next passage we read.

We can continue to read out loud and repeat the process in our thoughts “to hide the Scriptures in our hearts.”   When temptations come in the form of confusion or doubt, we can apply our hearts to wisdom.  The same secret place of prayer can also be the secret place of study.  To set aside a sacred space is an act of faith.  It is an act of devotion.  God honors this just as He honored biblical figures who built altars before Him.

The first step of action is to find your secret place.  The second step of action is to limit the distractions.  The third step is to surrender your internal demons.  The mind is where the battlefield takes place.  Now commune in prayer; absorb the nutrients which are the words of God.

When the storms of life come, you will know if you will stand or if you will fall.  When the oceans rage to sweep the land, you will be planted firmly.  So be vigilant, love deeply and ‘Selah.'

Reynaldo is an aspiring Christian freelance writer.  His interest in writing is poetry, greeting card verses, articles, short stories, essays, screenplays, and devotions. Currently, he is pursuing courses in biblical studies and theology.

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2 Responses

  1. I, too, write my prayers. I have many filled notebooks. I don’t say anything about it to my kids but they all know that I write prayers in my notebook. It brings great joy when one of my kids will call and ask me to add one of their friends to my prayer list.

    I started writing my prayers on lists so that I could cross them off when answered. It was powerful and comforting to know that my prayers were answered. I no longer cross them off but I do flip back a few pages every now and then to see what all God has done in my life.

    Right after I write my prayers I copy scripture. It is very uplifting as well.

    Good Luck in your studies.

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