Prayer is one of the best ways for us to get to know God and grow in our faith.
In the morning prayer can help us start our day out right. During the day prayer can help us stay focused on Jesus so we can find inner peace even in the chaos. And at night prayer can help us look back, reflect, and process.
But if you’re like most people, including me, prayer isn’t easy.
It can be hard to find time to sit still. And it can be a struggle to know what to say. But there is a reason prayer isn’t easy.
Because we have an enemy.
And he knows that prayer is a powerful tool we can use against him.
Which is why he works so hard to keep us from praying. And unfortunately, in our busy society, we can make his job all too easy.
This is why we need to make prayer a priority. We need to schedule time to meet with Jesus every single day.
And a physical prayer room is an excellent tool to help us in the process of committing to this all-important endeavor.
“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 ESV
What is a Christian prayer room?
A Christian prayer room is simply a specific area in your own home where you spend your prayer time.
By setting aside a little space that is just for prayer you help your brain recognize that this is where we pray.
Just like making your room welcoming for sleep can help you sleep better and longer. By making a space that is welcoming for prayer . . . we are more likely to spend extended time praying.
Which is even better for our health than sleep!
Setting up a prayer room is also an excellent way for us to spend time in God’s Presence.
Because it can help us focus more on spending time with our Heavenly Father. And it can help us to eliminate distractions so we can hear God’s voice.
This in turn helps us learn how to connect with Him and get to know Him in new ways.
Setting up a dedicated space for prayer may just be the thing we need to really grow and deepen our prayer life.
“These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”-Isaiah 56:7 NIV
How to Design a Christian Prayer Room in 6 Easy Steps
These Christian prayer room ideas and steps for creating your own unique prayer space will help you design a place where you can meet with God.
So, you can grow in your love relationship with Him.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”-Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Step 1: Find a physical space.
The first thing we need to think about when setting up a prayer space is our location.
While you can pray anywhere and everywhere . . . it helps to have a quiet space where you won’t be distracted.
By setting up your own prayer room you will find it easier to stay focused allowing you to go deeper in your prayer sessions.
A spare room or small room in your home can be a great place for a prayer space. Or you can set up a prayer closet like in the famous War Room movie.
(Which I highly recommend watching!)
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”-2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV
Step 2: Have fun and decorate!
There is no right or wrong way to set up a prayer room. Be creative and have fun with it. Try out different things to see what works best for you.
You could decorate the walls with pretty prayer wall art or a vinyl wall decal. Or you could look for some meaningful art pieces or sculptures.
Anything inspirational that will encourage you to pray is fair game.
The point is to make it pretty and inviting so you WANT to be there.
Another thing to consider when you decorate is the lighting. No one wants to go into a dark, drabby area to pray. But you also don’t want a light in there that is blinding.
Consider looking into floor lamps, desk lamps, or even candles that offer a soft but bright light. You want your prayer area lighting to be comfortable enough to see, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep!
While decorating your prayer space, remember this is an investment in your relationship with God.
So, be wise about it. But if you think it will help you focus on praying . . . then don’t be afraid to spend the time or money.
Because God is worth it.
(For ideas on some inspiring Bible verses to use in your prayer room use any of the verses throughout this article or check out the section “Awesome Scriptures for Your Christian Prayer Room” below!)
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
Step 3: Set up a prayer board.
It can be easy to forget the things you want to pray about. So, a great way to keep track of everything is to set up a prayer board.
This can help you keep track of all the things you want to pray about and all the prayer requests you want to go over. It can even help you with ideas on what to cover during your prayer time.
You could use a corkboard and pin notecards on it. Or a dry erase board so you can write things down and easily wipe them off. Or you could even use a posterboard on the wall with post-it notes.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”-Mark 11:24 ESV
Step 4: Find a comfy chair or mat to sit on.
You need a place to sit or kneel during your prayer time. And again, the goal is to be comfortable so you want to be there. But not so comfortable that you are tempted to take a nap.
Some ideas for comfy seating are:
- Bean bags.
- Soft rugs.
- Memory foam bathroom mats.
- Couch cushions.
- Body pillows.
- Or anything else you can think of.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”-Matthew 21:22 ESV
Step 5: Gather supplies.
You want to make sure you have everything you need BEFORE you go into your prayer room. Because if you are anything like me, if you get up and leave you are bound to get distracted by something.
Some supplies that could come in handy in your prayer room are:
- Prayer cards.
- A prayer journal.
- A Bible if you also want to spend some time in Bible study. Or if you want to find a Psalm or Bible verse to pray. (Because praying God’s Word is a great way to pray!)
- Pens, pencils, and highlighters.
- Post-it notes for writing down prayer requests.
- A device for playing worship music and praising God.
“So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord.”-2 Kings 4:33 ESV
Step 6: Make it a habit.
Finding a quiet place on a daily basis to spend time alone with God can help grow our personal relationship with Him.
But we must make it a priority, so it becomes a habit.
We have to make time for it. Rearrange our schedule to make it work. And commit to it.
But in the end, it will all be worth it. As we grow closer to Him.
***A special note for moms of little ones: If you have a young family, you can still make this whole prayer room thing work. It just might take a little more effort.
Maybe you don’t have an entire room or an empty room to spare. But maybe you can find a free zone area or you can set up a “prayer corner” in your dining room or living room.
Explain to your kids that they can have the rest of your home, but this one area is a special area “FOR MOM ONLY”.
Consider putting together a special box of children’s toys that only comes out when you want to spend time in prayer. This way the toys are new and will help keep your kids busy while you spend time in prayer. Or get them their own children’s Bible they can read from while mommy reads hers.
Yes, it may take some creativity. And it may take some time and effort to make this work.
But keep trying. I promise it will be worth it.
Because a praying mom is the greatest gift you can give your whole family.
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”-1 Timothy 6:12 ESV
Awesome Scriptures for Your Christian Prayer Room
These are great Bible verses to put up around your Christian prayer room to remind you of the importance of what you are doing.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”-Ephesians 6:17-18 ESV
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”-Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”-Ephesians 6:12 ESV
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”-1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”-Romans 8:37 ESV
“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”-Proverbs 31:25 NLT
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”-1 John 5:14-15 ESV
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”-Romans 8:26 ESV
“As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”-Psalm 55:16-17 NIV
“Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.”-Psalm 143:1 NIV
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”-Psalm 19:14 NLT
“O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”-Psalm 5:1-3 NLT
“Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”-Psalm 4:1 NLT
“The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.”-Psalm 145:18 NLT
What is the purpose of a Christian prayer room?
The whole purpose of a Christian prayer room is to help you focus on praying so you can grow closer to God.
Prayer is some of the most vital and important work you will ever do. Because it is how you connect with the God who is madly in love with you.
Through your prayers, God changes you. Grows your faith. Moves mountains. Sends out angel armies. Works miracles. And so much more.
Think of your prayer room as your missions base. It is where some of the most powerful, important, and holy work will ever be done.
There are many Biblical stories that show how people who spent focused time in prayer changed everything. Even the course of history. (Just look at Daniel, Esther, David, etc.)
Even after years of prayer where we haven’t seen an answer, we can rest assured that God has heard our pleas. He is listening. And He is working.
Often in ways, we have yet to see.
This is why what our world needs more than anything . . . is Christians on their knees. Praying for them.
Because that could make all the difference.
So, go set up that Christian prayer room . . . and start praying!
God is waiting.
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