Finding quiet time with God got a lot harder after we had kids. With kids in the house, it’s always loud, and someone is always asking for a snack. When it was just me, I could find time throughout the day to pause, pray and read my Bible without interruption.
But no matter how quietly I’d try to sneak down the stairs each morning to find that quiet time, avoiding that one step that always creaked, someone would hear me and immediately call out, “Mommy?”
Now that my kids are older, it’s easier to find time to be still and hear God’s voice again. But my surroundings and even my mind can still find ways to distract me from spending that quality time with my Creator.
God designed us to be in a relationship with Him. Days when I don’t commune with God, I feel it. I’m more anxious, less patient, and more overwhelmed.
Like many other things in life, I must be intentional about my prayer time, or it quickly disappears. So now I fight for that time with God. And having a prayer room has helped me be more intentional about being still and sitting in God’s presence.
If you’ve never intentionally created a prayer space, war room, or prayer room, this post is for you! You’ll discover the purpose of a prayer room in your house and how to use it to pray powerful prayers.
First, What is a Prayer Room?
A war or prayer room is simply a designated place to meet with God—a space specifically designed for prayer. God tells us to come to Him with our requests (Philippians 4:6-7), to find wisdom (James 1:5), and grace (Hebrews 4:16).
Why Have a War Room?
Matthew 6:6 talks about going into a closet, secret place, or private room to pray:
“But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open” (AMP).
The New Living Translation reads, “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
I don’t know about you, but the Father rewarding me sounds like a good thing!! Going away to a place where there are no distractions but only intimate fellowship with your Heavenly Father is the perfect place for God to reveal His mysteries to you.
Maybe it’s not so much about creating the prayer room itself but about being obedient and praying to the Father in private every morning.
So why a secret place? Personally, I’ve found that if I’m downstairs in our house praying or reading I often become distracted. I see a dirty dish and think, I should clean that up, or I hear my phone ding, and before I realize it, I’m scrolling Instagram instead of spending time with God.
Your secret place or private room should only be dedicated to spending time with God.
Then your spirit and body will start recognizing the place and what you do there. Just like your bed. You know when it is time to sleep because your body starts recognizing your pillow, pajamas, comforter, etc.
Again, I can’t stress enough just how important prayer time is. As parents, we can gain wisdom and understanding when we spend time in God’s presence.
We can also use this time to intercede on our children’s behalf. Going boldly to the throne of grace!
Creating a Prayer Room: What to include?
So now that you know why it is beneficial to have a prayer room, let’s talk about setting one up. For the most part, this step is up to you. It doesn’t have to be a big space. A small closet or even a specific chair where you regularly meet with God will do.
The most important part is creating a clutter-free, somewhat empty space that is set apart from the busyness of life.
You want it to be a place dedicated to meeting God, and you don’t want to become distracted by too much clutter.
When we bought our house a few years ago, we were so excited about the small sitting room off our master bedroom. It is big enough to fit a chair and a small bookcase. We knew right away we would use it as a prayer room.
We also set up a stereo system. Some people play music continuously as worship music is powerful and can certainly change the atmosphere of a room. I love ushering in the presence of the Holy Spirit by singing before I pray.
Through different phases in my journey, I’ve included different items in the room.
Other times I wanted to intentionally pray about my children’s friendships, so I put scriptures on notecards to remind me how to pray. I’ve also battled exhaustion in our war room.
So that is it. It’s not too complicated, but it can make a BIG impact in your prayer life.