Place for Meditating and
Now in the morning, having risen long before daylight, He
went out and departed to a solitary place ; and there He
Jesus, who has
no spiritual peer, had to leave the clang of the camp for
spiritual refueling. We can infer that during these prayer
times He heard what the Father was saying and saw what the
Father was doing.
….the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He
sees the Father do, for whatever He does, the Son does in
belief is that Jesus received His assignments and power of
focus for the supernatural in these times of solitary
If this is what worked
for Jesus, wouldn’t we be remiss to try it any other
way? Few of us would need to be convinced that this is a
plan to implement. But, many of us would be hard-pressed to
find a solitary place.
Definition of a Solitary
What is a
solitary place? Webster’s New World Dictionary
….. Solitary : along, without others, lonely,
….. Solitude : seclusion, isolation, or remoteness
….. Seclusion : suggests retirement from intercourse
with the outside world
a solitary place is a location, or a state of being, where
we intentionally disconnect from people and the
distractions of life: people, phone, TV, radio, internet,
Where Do I Find A Solitary
best solitary location is someplace outdoors. Jesus
apparently knew that. The accelerated learning gurus and
the neuroscience practitioners know that, too. They are all
extolling the benefits of a nature environment on learning.
A walk on the beach, a stroll in the woods with some safe
place to sit and reflect : the dreamy ideal!
Few of us live there.
I hit the back deck in the morning, the front deck in the
evening (staying out of the sun). Usually this is quiet and
uninterrupted. The view of our lovely hills is refreshing
and I’m reminded to bless this land before I leave my
place of prayer.
A number of friends
have prayer closets in their yards…little spaces
tucked in here or there. One of my friends is out on her
patio before dawn, reading by lamplight and warmed with a
small portable fireplace in the winter.
Even When Circumstances
Are Not Ideal
All of these
scenes fall into the ideal category. But, even in the not
so ideal setting, there is always a way.
mother, Susannah, would sit in her rocker and pull her
apron over her face. That was her prayer closet. Her ten
children knew not to disturb her. (She gave birth to 19
children in 19 years, 9 of whom died as infants) Looking at
how her sons, John and Charles Wesley have affected
Christendom to this day, it appears that her make-shift
prayer chamber didn’t hinder the power of her
I observed one
woman with 11 children who would rise early and sit in her
parked car for an hour. It looked pretty crazy to the
neighbors, but she wasn’t out to impress the
neighbors. I’m sure that contacting God early in the
day was a necessary part of her raising those eleven f
young ones into the fine adults they are today.
If weather or other
circumstances don’t permit prayer out of doors, go
into a room and shut the door behind you. Let everyone know
that you need x number of minutes totally undisturbed. Like
the Wesley children, your family will adjust. If your
surroundings are noisy, use soothing music to override the
noise. Wear earphones, play soft music and put a sheet over
year head if you have to. It worked for Susannah Wesley. It
The headphone idea is
good for traveling on public transportation.
• Put on the headphones,
• start the music, close your eyes
• and you’re off to a solitary place.
It could be necessary for you to carry and use a small
timer so you don’t miss your stop :)
Claim Your Space For
Once you have a
designated prayer spot, use it regularly. Your subconscious
will resonate with the place and cooperate in bringing you
quickly and deeply into a place of prayer. Your prayer
place will also become blessed, absorbing anointing from
your times of prayer.
Once when I was
visiting with a friend in her home, I sat in an
inviting-looking chair. I sank in comfortably and then felt
a wonderful surge of energy pulse through me. "The power of
God is on your chair! " "Oh", she said, "that’s where
I pray every morning. "
• Carve out your getaway, your solitary place for
• Spend scheduled time in your solitary place. Pray!
• And, it too, will become awash with the power of God
As I am
editing this page, I have to say "Amen!" as to claiming
your space for prayer. I've gone so far as to bundle up
with hat and boots to stay in my prayer area this winter.
The time and space is so productive, I go to great lengths
to guard it. I encourage you to do the
Suggested Music for the
Fancy performed by the Northstar Orchestra Utopia by
Theresa Griffith Mystic Harp 2 by Derek Bell and Donald