One of the most beautiful chapels in the world is Frost Chapel on the campus of my alma mater, Berry College in Rome, GA. This chapel is dear to me for many reasons. One of the most memorable reasons is this is where I asked Danielle to marry me during the spring of 1996. However, it was here in this rustic and historic chapel that as a young Christian and spiritual leader I learned to meet with God. I can remember private prayer times on the old wooden steps leading up to the communion table. I can also remember corporate worship times out on the back cobblestone patio, underneath the towering pine trees. Dozens of students would gather to sing and pray together, with a deep desire to see God work in us and through us
There is another chapel on campus at Berry simply called the College Chapel, which is where I met with God the most during my last 2 years at Berry. There is a side entrance to the chapel that faced my dorm that I could sneak into at any time, day or night. I spent time in this chapel praying for the campus and for my own heart. I can remember meeting some of my best friends in this chapel to pray for the campus at Berry. As a result of some of these prayer times, we saw dozens of our classmates come to know Christ; we also saw our own hearts become grounded in dependence upon God through these formative prayer times.
Today, I live in Lexington, KY. My go-to place of prayer now is the sanctuary of Tates Creek PCA. I love to walk those long, broad aisles and gaze at the large stained glass windows. I love to put my hands on each pew and ask God to fill them with people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. I have prayed for finances, organizational development, deep guidance and life-long laborers as I paced the floor of this hallowed place.
Over the years, I have been privileged to have access to a variety of beautiful places to retreat to for prayer. It would take far too long to recount all of the other places: the prayer room at Hollywood Baptist church, the red chair in our living room, the mountain hikes, the dorm rooms, the vehicles, the living rooms, the streets, the woods, the creek, and the dozens of other places where the Lord has drawn me into His presence over the last 20 years.
Jesus had this pattern as well: “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (Luke 5:16). “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35). If there is one thing the past 20 years have taught me it is that, though the places and times may vary, every Christian and certainly every leader must have a place to pray.
What do these verses say about prayer?
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Luke 18:1
- Philippians 4:6-7
Where is your go-to place of prayer?
As a leader, what specific things do you need to be consistently taking to God?