Where is The Best Location to Pray?





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I have run into some people that believe that one must always pray in a church or some special prayer location. To which I have to wonder, while there is nothing wrong with praying in a church, does one really need to make a special trip somewhere just to pray?

After all a church is just a building built by people. Wouldn't the more holy spot be a location built by Our Creator than a place built by man?

But where would we find a spot built by our creator? I think that answer can be found with the first sentence of most every bible translation.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Thus it seems to me that anyplace you are would be a good place to pray.

However, the bible does talk about those that pray simply to be seen and heard (for show if you will).

(Webster translation) Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Verily, I say to you, they have their reward.

Or another translation

(Contemporary English Version) Mat 6:5 When you pray, don't be like those show-offs who love to stand up and pray in the meeting places and on the street corners. They do this just to look good. I can assure you that they already have their reward.

It also talks about not simply repeating the same prayer over and over.

(Webster) Mat 6:5 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Or from a translation called The Message:

Mat 6:7 "The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God.
Mat 6:8 Don't fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.

But were does the Bible say the best Place to pray is?

Matthew 6:6 is the section many people quote:

(MSG) "Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

However the more common translations read either:

(Webster) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee openly.

or

(Geneva Bible) But when thou prayest, enter into thy chamber and when thou hast shut thy door, pray unto thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

This of course creates some confusion for the terms closet and chamber have different meanings today than they did when these translations were written and when Christ spoke the words.

For The Lord himself prayed on the mountain alone, in the night alone, in public as well as in the presence of his disciples.

"Thy closet" most likely means any secret / private place, especially if one is praying aloud so that one will not be disturbed or interrupted. Peter's closet was often on the house-top; The Savior's on a mountain alone.

For silent prayer between oneself and Our Creator I suspect that wherever you are right now is a very good spot to pray. Or for that matter anywhere you are at any time.

However for me at least, place where all prayers should be made, to truly get our Lord's attention, regardless of the prayer being aloud, silent or even written, the location that all prayers should originate is, sincerely, from within our heart.



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