When it comes to my home I’m one of those people who think of it as their… [insert cliché word here]. Sanctuary was really the word that came to mind, but yes, It really is! My home is where I find peace and rest. There are many days when I walk through the door and let out a sigh of relief, because I know that from that point on I’ll be able to enjoy some sort of relaxation. But last year I recognized that I needed something more, a distinct room for prayer, so I established what has come to be known as my Throne Room.
This room was set apart, different. It had an intentional difference. It was a room where I could sit and talk to God without any distractions – no phone, no tv, no computer; just me, my bible, and God. But why? It all comes down to what I needed to establish.
I always associated the word established with longevity and strength. I’ve seen this is business, companies pride themselves on being established for a long period of time, like 25 years, or 50 years. It’s a benchmark or measuring tool of the strength they have in their marketplace. To establish something is to make it firm or stable; or to institute it permanently by enactment or agreement. When God put the words throne room on my heart, and then later clarified the meaning, I knew that it was something that was meant to be permanent.
My throne room is where I encounter God, through prayer, through reading his word, and through a time of silence and waiting upon Him.
… when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. – Matthew 6:6 (NKJV)
There are things that God can only tell us when we have created a space that allows him to do so. How can we hear God if we have the TV on in the background, or if our minds are otherwise occupied with our phones?
More and more God has been calling me into times of silence, and in most times it’s when I feel like I’m experiencing information overload. When there’s just too much coming at me, and I’m entering into the state of being overwhelmed. But when I enter into that time of silence, my mind and spirit are put at ease, and that sense of feeling overwhelmed disappears.
let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him. – Lamentations 3:28 (ESV)
Even Jesus went alone to be with God. Even though he was healing the sick and feeding thousands, Jesus knew that he needed to be alone and spend time with God.
in these days he went to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. – Luke 6:12 (ESV)
Your “throne room” doesn’t have to be elaborate, and it isn’t the only place which you can meet God. But it can help you to remain consistent. It can be your closet, a corner in your living room, your balcony or wherever you see fit. Mine is my bedroom. Ultimately it’s about creating a space that works for you, so you can be with God in a way that he wants to be with you.