Having a consistent prayer life is one way we can grow spiritually. It is an opportunity to learn more about God and build an intimate relationship with Him. One of the things that Jesus did, by demonstrating it Himself, was to teach his disciples how and where to pray.
Our Lord Jesus instructed us to pray privately; then, the Lord Who sees us will reward us (Matt. 6:6-7). Prayer is a personal matter because it is how we can lay down everything in front of God, including all our pain, hesitation, or fear. We must also approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that God is eager to listen to us and welcome us into His presence.
4 Places Where You Should Pray According to Jesus
Choosing the right place to pray to build an intimate relationship with God is essential. Below are some places where Jesus Himself would pray and spend time with the Heavenly Father. You will also see why praying in private is important.
1. In your room (Matt. 6:6)
One of the benefits of praying privately inside your room is that you can tell God everything, even things you are ashamed to say to others. As you voice everything out to the Lord, you will experience peace inside your heart. You will realize what a friend we have in Jesus! He listens to us patiently and without any condemnation.
This is also the chance to ask God for guidance, direction, and wisdom. If you need things in your life, don’t hesitate to ask the Lord through prayer. He cares for us, and He wants us to depend on Him entirely. As you pray, remember how good and faithful our God is. Below is a short prayer you might pray privately inside your room:
“Almighty God, prepare my heart as I spend time with You today in prayer. I renounce any distractions from the enemy, in Jesus’ Name! I rebuke all the worries and anxieties that may prevent me from focusing only on You. Cover every corner of this room with Your Precious Blood. Prepare my heart to listen to Your voice and receive Your revelations. For this, I pray. Amen.”
2. On the mountain (Luke 6:12)
During His ministry, Jesus prayed privately on the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39). He would go to the mountain early in the morning and at night to pray. Being alone with God is the best place we can be. One of the advantages of going to a prayer mountain is that there are no distractions.
If you love the outdoors, spending time with the Lord while looking at the beauty of His creations is a good idea. Outside is also the perfect place to meditate on His Word, especially if You need guidance and direction in Your life. Utter this prayer as you spend time with the Heavenly Father:
“Abba Father, thank You for bringing me safely to this place. Thank You for the beauty of Your creations, which manifest Your glory. As I spend time with You, grant me a humble and submissive heart. I am prepared to receive all of Your instructions and revelations. Let me thirst for Your presence as the deer pants for water. All praises belong to You, Father. Amen.”
3. In the garden (Luke 5:16)
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed before His arrest and crucifixion (Matt. 26:36-46). At your home, if you have a garden where you can pray privately, you can spend time there with the Father. It is also an excellent place to read Your Bible and write in your journal, if you have one, especially if your household is a busy one. Ask for God’s presence as you pray privately with this prayer:
“Dear Lord, I ask for Your presence as I spend my time in prayer. Let my heart be still so I can hear Your voice and submit to Your will. I renounce guilt and condemnation, in Jesus’ Name. I confidently approach Your throne of grace, knowing I am loved and accepted. Let there be an open heaven as I lay down all my petitions and receive Your grace and favor. Amen.”
4. In solitary places (Mark 1:35)
Jesus also went to solitary places to pray to the Father. He taught us the importance of private communication with the Lord, even if it means withdrawing from the crowd. Choose a place you consider solitary and spend time there with God and without distraction. Below is a short prayer to ask for God’s protection while you are in a solitary place:
“Dear God, protect me in this place as I spend time with You. Let there be no distractions. I also pray for peace in my heart, renouncing all cares and worries, in Jesus’ Name! I invite Your presence in this place, Lord. Let me hear Your voice in this secret spot. Amen.”
Our spiritual growth depends on our willingness to spend time with God. As in any relationship, communication is vital. We can only truly know the Lord if we talk to Him more and rest in His presence (Jer. 29:13). Our Lord Jesus Christ encouraged us to pray privately, speaking to God without any pretension or hypocrisy and being who we really are.