Where to Pray?
I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1 Timothy 2:8
When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. Matthew 6:6
True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24
Where do you pray? Some people don’t pray because they feel they don’t have a place to pray. You can pray anywhere it doesn’t have to be in secret location because when you pray is when you pray. God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to be one with Him. The only way to do that is to study His words (bible) and to pray. So yes it’s ideal and scriptural that you pray in a private place because then you would be able to pray uninterrupted; however, you can pray anywhere at any time. God cares more about the spirit in which you pray.
Many people don’t have their own home or are traveling through the woods/desert because of their situation. You think they are going to go to a secret place to pray and jeopardize their location. No, they are going to pray where they are and along their journey. If you were in a bad situation and someone had you hostage. Are you going to ask the kidnapper to allow you to go to your secret place to pray to your Heavenly Father? No, you are going to pray where you are… and God will hear you and all others who pray wherever they are. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego prayed in a large furnace. The apostle Paul prayed in prison. So don’t use that you don’t have a secret place to pray as an excuse as to why you don’t pray because that’s just an excuse and a lie. You can pray when and wherever you desire.
I do believe in praying in secret and private as I have my private prayer places (a prayer room and a lake that I go to for that specific reason).
The important thing to God is not where you pray, but that you pray, and in what spirit you pray. We can, create a personal space for prayer and it can be anywhere that you can stay undisturbed. For instance, a quiet place in a park, the beach, the lake, the desert, the woods or a garden (as Jesus did). Your place may be up on the roof of an apartment building or college dorm, or a balcony or a fire escape; it maybe a bedroom, a corner of the den, bathroom or maybe a closet. It's only a prayer room when someone's praying in it.
This personal prayer room is a place to lose yourself in or to lose track of time, a place to spend time with God and be one with Him. What matters most is not the place itself; what matters is that the place helps you to be able to pay full attention to your time with God.
As Christians, some of us makes this journey harder than it should be. God has given us the gift of Salvation so that we can be free… free to worship Him in spirit and truth. So when you pray make sure your heart is right and you are praying with a pure spirit and heart. That’s what matters.
So, let’s make sure we pray wherever we are and if you can create a private place do so and pray…. but above all private place or not we must pray!