The problem was, I never actually used the prayer chair. Oh, it looked pretty in the room, but I really didn't go up to my bedroom often during the day. It seemed like an out of place location. Finally, one day I decided I would use my prayer chair. I sat in it and tried to make myself comfortable to pray. The problem was the chair wasn't comfortable. As a matter fact, when I settle back and laid my head back to pray the wood trim actually hurt. What looked pretty on the outside was actually uncomfortable and almost painful.
Our prayer life can be like that chair. It may look good on the outside. You know, when we pray in groups of Bible study, our flowery beautiful prayers sound great and look great in the setting. But when we're home, we sometimes don't really get around to pray. And when we do, our prayers can be uncomfortable or even painful at time. It can feel awkward to pray if we haven't worked on building that relationship with God.
God doesn't want flowery, public prayers. He wants us to be comfortable with him! He wants a relationship, where we can be our self and share our hearts. Now my prayer chair is in the family room. The recliner is overstuffed, and comfortable, and because it's in the family room, I'm there often, reminding me to pray. The more I pray the more comfortable I get in my prayer life as well. The old recliner may not be as pretty as the other chair, as a matter of fact, it's wearing out in some places. But that's okay.
Because chairs and prayers share something important. It's not how they look on the outside, it's how they feel on the inside that matter.
(Jesus said,) “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6:5-7
Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at www.kellycombs.com