The idea of a Christian prayer room originated from what Jesus said in
Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (KJV)
Definition of a Christian Prayer Room
A prayer closet is a physical space dedicated for the purpose of spending an extended amount of time of prayer. Prayer is an action that reaches into the spiritual realm, so another, more recent term for prayer room is “war room.” This term for a prayer closet is based on the act of spiritual wrestling, according to
Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (KJV)
A Christian prayer room is usually a small room, or it could be also a part of a room, a dedicated space, a specific area, any quiet space in your home, or even a special chair in your own living room, which is set aside for the purpose of uninterrupted — and secret — prayer time. This time of prayer is usually accompanied with Bible reading and Bible study.
Depending on your personal and present living arrangement, this dedicated prayer space may or may not be a small room. In fact, you may not have any space in your entire house for a dedicated prayer room.
One very busy mother, without the luxury of a single room for prayer, made sure she had a personal prayer closet. Her prayer room was to simply sit down, pull her apron over her head, and pray. This act gave her a private space to pray. Her whole family knew that when they saw Mother sitting in that position, she was alone with God, and she was not to be disturbed.
Ideas for Decorating Your Prayer Closet
The decorations in your physical prayer room will be as unique as you. All that you decide to add to this special place should be focused on helping you to focus on prayer for an extended period of time. For this reason, your prayer room décor should not be distracting.
In fact, it is a good idea to make your prayer closet an electronic and screen-free zone. Other practical ideas for your private space to pray would be floor lamps to provide proper lighting, wall art with Scripture verses, and even a vinyl wall decal with a favorite Bible verse that is related to prayer, praise, or the worship of God.
When considering prayer room décor, a great way to focus your thoughts and organize your prayer requests is to make a prayer board. This is a place where you can keep a visual list of at least some of your prayer requests.
Your prayer board could be a bulletin board or even a poster board, where you would place photos of people to remind you to pray for them daily. These pictures could be old and new friends, family members, church family, missionaries, your pastor, and even political leaders, all as visual reminders for you to pray for the lives represented by the faces on your prayer board.
You can make your own prayer cards with various requests as a reminder to pray about particular needs and desires.
A prayer board is also a great place to add pictures or even notes that convey your own personal goals that you wish to accomplish. These particular pictures or descriptions will remind you to pray and ask God for His daily help and direction as you work to accomplish your goals.
With these goals, you can also add related Scriptures verses to remind you of God’s promises as you seek to serve Him in the way that He desires from you.
A prayer board does not have to be an actual wall decoration. If your prayer closet is not a room at all, or if you are not a visual person, you could organize or compile your prayer requests. It could simply be a notebook where you keep your prayer list, a prayer journal to record your praises and handwrite your prayers to God, or a notebook in which to write your goals and pray about them daily. Depending on your personal preference, your prayer journal could even be a scrapbook of pictures.
Bible Study in Your Prayer Room
Prayer and God’s Word go together. It is good, and necessary, to build up our Christian faith, and pray on a daily basis — regardless of whether or not we have a “war room.”
But prayer, without hearing God’s voice, which is revealed through His Word, is a one-sided conversation. We also need to allow God to speak to us. Adding some sort of Bible study to your prayer closet discipline is an excellent way to incorporate Scriptures and pray God’s promises into your own situations.
What A Christian Prayer Room is NOT
Creating a Christian prayer room, no matter how large or small, expensive or frugal, pretty or plain, will not make you an instantaneous prayer warrior where you can enter, pray, and then come out and all that you asked for inside of your prayer closet will have immediately materialized! A prayer room is not a magic box.
While the idea of a dedicated, quite space reserved for the practice of spending devotional time with Christ, and seeking God’ presence, is a good idea, and even commanded by Jesus Himself, if you don’t already have a daily practice of praying, a prayer room will be useless.
Jesus Christ did not have His own prayer room. He did not even have a place to lay His head, according to
Matthew 8:20 – “And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (KJV)
But Jesus Himself had a private prayer life.
“And he [Jesus] withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” (Luke 5:16) (KJV)
While having your own private, prayer room is a good idea, the first thing to consider before thinking about a prayer room is to make sure you have developed the discipline of a personal, private, and daily prayer practice.
Here is a Bible lesson on prayer for adults that you can study in your own personal prayer room.