“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly.” Jonah 2:1 (NKJV)
Prayer rooms come in all sizes and shapes. Some look like closets, or beautiful sanctuaries. They can look like a rocky mountain pathway, or smooth sand on an endless beach. Or how about the inside of a car as it rushes along a busy freeway-or is stuck in traffic, or maybe stalled alongside the road? And sometimes, prayer rooms are nowhere in particular, waiting for us just behind our eyelids.
Jonah’s, by any account, was one of the most unique prayer rooms ever devised by God. Jonah had spent days running from God and thought he’d escaped when he bought a ticket on a boat headed across the Mediterranean. Little did he know that somewhere in the ocean deeps swam a great fish, recruited by its Creator to become the place of prayer for Jonah.
After being swallowed by the beast, Jonah eventually realized there is nowhere in the universe where God isn’t…even on the inside of a mammoth sea creature.
My prayer rooms have been quite diverse over my fifty plus years of walking with Jesus. Of course, there’s my office at home, and every other room in our house. The fields and orchards which surround us give a good view of the distant hilltops. Praying outside is the best, I think. There’s something peaceful about praying on God-made dirt instead of a man-made floor. But there have been other prayer rooms God has given me.
Sitting beside my six-week old son in the pediatric hospital, as he battled spinal meningitis. God heard and answered some frantic prayers during that two weeks.
The emergency room of the local hospital where we were informed of my younger brother’s death after a car crash.
My parents’ family room as we listened to the grim news of my only sister’s suicide.
Mom’s room in the nursing home as my older brother and I watched her take her first breath in heaven.
The grass in my yard, where I buried my face and gave up my decades-long rebellion against the Lover of my soul.
Yes, prayer rooms come in many different forms. They aren’t just four walls, a floor, and a ceiling. The best are the ones God fashions with His fingers-the places He knows are best suited for us to discover His stupendous grace.
Those are the places where we can finally say, with Jonah, “I cried to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me!” Jonah 2:2 (NLT)
What prayer rooms has the Lover of your soul given you?