Prayer Changes us:
Prayer changes us because it takes our focus off of ourselves and our problems and causes us to look up to God. The Bible commands us not to worry but instead pray and put our trust in God. “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God. And the peace of which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7. The Bible promises that the Lord will fill us with peace when we stop worrying and begin to pray.” I pray to the Father, “Please take away this fear and worry. I place it all in Your Hands because I trust Your Love. I am safe in Your Arms and I rest in Your Presence. I need not fear because You are with me. You Love me and You will keep me from Harm. I trust Your love”.
The Prayer Closet:
We need to find a place to separate from this world and be alone with God. Moses pitched the Tent of Meeting outside the camp for people to seek the Lord. “Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far from the camp; and he called it the tent of meeting. And every one who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp.” Exodus 32:7,8. Today we don’t use tents to seek God, but we still need to separate ourselves from all things and begin to focus on God. Jesus teaches to find a secret place(a prayer closet) to be alone with the Father: “But when you pray go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” Matthew 6:6. The prayer closed is a place where we separate from everything and we concentrate all of our heart and mind on the Lord. Jesus is our example of how to pray. He often spent all night alone with the Father to prepare Himself for the next day of ministry. “And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up to into the hills by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. Again, “in these days He went out into the hills to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God”. Luke 6:12. Jesus needed to draw strength from the Father every day- how much more do we need to pray! (excerpts from In Pursuit of God)