God Inhabits Space
We are now almost halfway through our three-week prayer vigil. God is working in all kinds of ways—some obvious, some subtle—but He is working nonetheless. We are grateful for His never-ending faithfulness.
I am convinced that the prayer room is crucial for making these prayer events so special for us. We know that God’s Spirit can fill people, but sometimes we forget that He can fill places too! The patriarchs set up stone memorials as a reminder of their encounters with God in a specific place. From the moment God brings Israel out of Egypt, He gives them precise instructions about constructing a place for His glory to dwell; this same idea continues when Solomon builds the temples hundreds of years later. 2 Samuel 6 records an incident in which the ark of the covenant (which represents the presence of God) is left in the house of a man named Obed-Edom. Verse 11 says, “The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.” There is something about the place being filled with the presence of God and blessing results.
When a place hosts hours of continuous prayer, it can sometimes become so full of God’s presence that just walking into the room can be a means of connecting with God. The ancient Celts called such environments “thin places” because God is close and prayer becomes easier (Red Moon Rising: 231).
The prayer room provides a quiet place away from the distractions of life to talk to God and to listen to God. The prayer room provides many ways of helping us experience God. The goal of the prayer room is not to cloister us from the world but to prepare us to live more like Christ in the world. The prayer room reminds us that even though we may pray as individuals, we are uniting our minds and hearts in prayer together.
The prayer vigil ends Sunday, November 20, 6:00 pm. Times are available for you to reserve your hour or more in the prayer room at: www.hwchurch.org/prayer/.