This Place Works Great!

praying-for-rainDriving to church one Sunday I was so encouraged when a car passed me with the driver in serious prayer. It was obvious to me by her actions and demeanor that she was interceding for the upcoming service. She was transforming her car into a prayer room on the way to her church.

The scripture describes prayer as taking place in many different settings. We see in Matthew 6:6, “… when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” In Luke 6:12, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray. He also prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane (Lk. 22:39) and Peter prayed on the housetop in Acts 10:9.

Susanna Wesley the mother of Charles and John Wesley prayed during the day in her rocking chair. She had nineteen active children and as you can imagine finding time and place for prayer was almost impossible. But, knowing the need and the power of prayer she would sit in her chair placing her apron over her face making it a place of prayer. Her children were instructed never to disturb their mother when she was praying under her apron.


            “The intensity of the storm paled in comparison to those who were bombarding Heaven with cries for revival”   (Tweet) 


There are so many different places of opportunity to nurture your prayer life. Families can pray together at the kitchen table after breakfast or evening dinner. Those in the marketplace can have prayer meetings in their office cubicle or conference room before work. On your commute to work every day turn your car into a holy time of prayer.

Being in Guatemala, in a flimsy tent under a cloudburst, along with hundreds of serious prayer warriors impacted my life to my core. The intensity of the storm paled in comparison to those who were bombarding Heaven with cries for revival. Few were even aware of the storm outside. These hungry hearted believers were not going to allow anything to hinder their prayers. I was reminded of how often, back in the blessed U.S.A., we allow our prayer focus to get off track. Yet here in a remote area of the Guatemalan mountain, these people didn’t even flinch at the raging wind, pounding rain or the flapping tent. It was a glorious time of intense intercession that is seared in my memory.

Our places of prayer should be a place that helps keep our focus on heaven and not those around us. If we are praying so that others can see us and our pride can be stroked, then we have missed the mark and purpose of prayer. Matthew 6:1-6, lets us know if we are looking for man’s approval and praise then we will receive the rewards of man. Wouldn’t we rather have our rewards come from God who sees in secret and rewards us openly? Therefore, wherever you find your place to be, make it a holy place with Him.

The overall view in scripture is that there is no one place to pray that is superior. The only criteria is that we pray in a place and manner that allows us to focus on the Lord. God wants us to spend quality time with Him, wherever that might be on a roof, in a tent or elsewhere. He longs for our undivided attention. Remember prayer is communication with our heavenly Father, whether we are alone or with others, it is talking and conversing with Him.

Can You Hear the Sounds of the Abundance of Rain?

rain in the hand We all have at some time in our lives experienced a rain cloud moving in and the temperature drops and the smell of rain fills the air. It signals to us to shut our windows on the cars and gives us time to prepare for the coming rain. Then a drop here and one there confirms refreshing rain that is so badly needed.  I love those times.

 The process all starts with not just a desire, but first it begins with the Sun evaporation of the moisture from the ground in the distance. Then the clouds carry that moisture along the way until the hand of God releases it on the earth. The change in temperature and the hints of rain seem to always get our attention!

I am reminded of what I heard the Holy Spirit say to me in the midst of worship service.  Out of nowhere the sweet whisper of God filled my mind with the words, “Can you hear the sounds of abundance of Rain?”

Imagine with me the coming spiritual rain from heaven. It first starts with the brightness of God shining on His people and in return we begin to cry out for more of Him. Those prayers come before the Lord just as the rain is evaporated.  (In Revelation it says the bowls of incense are the prayers of the saints). Then we begin to see the hints of our prayers being answered, the smell, the change in the spiritual atmosphere and then comes the cool drops from heaven. Before long the down pour of rain saturates the dry ground. Then before our eyes, sprouting all around us in our families, communities and most of all our society, it is apparent to all that we have the refreshing of God in our midst.

I believe we are seeing and smelling the beginning drops of spiritual rain in our midst. It’s time to prepare for the down pour from heaven.

How do we Prepare you may ask. Well, let me share a few things with you and then I am sure God will fill in the blanks where we might miss something.

First, we need to get our laundry and the kids toys picked up and out of the way.  Often the laundry of our life is out where everyone is focused on it rather than on what is important. The childish games and toys that we play in our churches and our private lives are scattered everywhere hindering others from walking in God’s righteousness.

Secondly, we need to make sure our rain barrels are positioned right to catch as much rain as possible. Being in the correct place is essential for being filled up and available to be used to pour out on others.

Thirdly, we need to open up the windows and doors so we can benefit from the freshness and cool breeze.  If we are spiritually closed and shut up, we will get moldy and stuffy. Having a heart and mindset that is open to Gods Will, will result in refreshing’s from the Lord.

It’s time to prepare for I hear the sounds of the abundance of rain!