Seeing someone’s prayer closet is exciting. Seeing my grandmother’s prayer closet was an honor.
Wilma, or Grandma as I like to call her, is one of the most influential Christian women I know. My Pop’s mom has been a believer since long before I was even a notion in my parents’ thoughts, and she raised her children to love and believe in Jesus Christ. My Mom often describes her as the glue that holds the family together.
Long road trips across the country began in my late 20’s to take my children to meet Grandma and Grandpa in South Carolina. During those vacations, there weren’t many days that went by that didn’t include Grandma meeting with shut-ins to pray with them, teaching the Sunday School class, or going to assist with the prison ministry in the women’s division. She’s dealt with more heartache and struggle than almost anyone I’ve known. And yet. Her resilience is astounding. I know that this is due to her strong faith in her Savior.
I surprised her with a quick overnight visit when I was back east several weeks ago. She had no idea I was coming, and the look of shock on her face as Pop told her that someone had left “2 hams at the door” as Emily and I strode in behind him was priceless! It was wonderful to have a little visit with her.
The morning I left, as I chatted with her, she asked me if I wanted to see her prayer closet. I was thrilled to be able to say yes. As we went into her room, I saw how she had transformed the space into a cozy area to be with Jesus.
A pile of devotionals, studies, and notebooks sat at her makeshift desk. A little side table was set up with stationery for notes to be sent out for encouragement. Concordances and commentaries were behind her chair on a bookshelf. She even added a little coffeemaker in the room! She told me she could get out of bed, make it, and then brew her coffee to get her time in with Jesus first thing in the morning without even having to leave the room!
Grandma knows that the time spent with Jesus to start her day is not only encouraging to others, it’s needed to help her day be well from the start. She enjoys and loves the time she spends talking with God and soaking in His wisdom and instruction. In that prayer closet, her children all the way down to her great-great-grandchild are prayed for. Her friends and church members are prayed for. Her town is prayed for.
Maybe you don’t have a prayer closet, or maybe you don’t have enough space to commandeer a space just for that. Get creative! I use a wall in my tiny home office to tape up prayers that I want to remember to pray for. Because I didn’t have a lot of space, I have a large open container where I keep my Bible study materials. It has notebooks, different Bible versions, and devotionals. When it’s time to go to my prayer closet, I take the items from the container that I need for my time with Him.
Perhaps you don’t even have room for that. Here’s what I would say to you. Make whatever chair or couch or porch you sit on your prayer closet and just spend some time with Him….a little bit every day. That time with Jesus will change you and grow you. It always does.