Essential Items for a Prayer Closet: Creating a Sacred Space

What to Put in a Prayer Closet: Must Haves for a Sacred Space

Pastor Duke Taber

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Creating a prayer closet is a deeply personal journey, connecting your spirit with God in a unique space. You don’t need a lot of room or money to make it special; even a simple cardboard foldout project board can become a sacred area for your prayers.

In your prayer closet, consider adding scripture verses written on sticky notes or prayer cards. These visual reminders can help you stay focused and grounded during your quiet time with the Lord.

What to Put in a Prayer Closet: Must Haves for a Sacred Space

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Understanding the Purpose of a Prayer Closet

Definition and Historical Background

A prayer closet is a secluded space for private prayer. Historically, believers have used these spaces to deepen their connection to God. The Bible mentions praying in private: “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place” (Matthew 6:6, NKJV).

Saints and early church members practiced private prayer to seek God’s presence undisturbed. For example, Jesus often withdrew to solitary places to pray (Luke 5:16). This tradition continues today, encouraging personal, uninterrupted communication with God.

The Role in Personal Spiritual Practice

A prayer closet serves as a dedicated space for spiritual growth. It’s a place where I can focus and center my thoughts on God. Being in this sacred space helps me block out distractions and really listen to God’s voice.

In my prayer closet, I use tools to aid my prayers:

  • Scripture Verses: I keep sticky notes and prayer cards with Bible verses.
  • Prayer Journal: I write down prayers and reflections.
  • Worship Music: A small CD player or phone can play uplifting songs.

Using these helps me stay focused. It makes my prayer time more meaningful. When I enter my prayer closet, I feel prepared to connect with God deeply.

Setting Up Your Prayer Closet

Choosing the Right Location

A prayer closet doesn’t have to be a literal closet. It can be any private space where you can focus. I turned my walk-in closet into my prayer closet by removing items and adding spiritual tools. Consider spaces like a corner of a room, your car, or even a specific chair.

Find a space free from distractions. Privacy is key. I used to pray in the family room or at the kitchen table, but those areas had too many interruptions. When in college, I used the stairwell or even a shower stall to get alone with God.

Essential Items for Your Prayer Closet

Once you’ve chosen your location, gather essential items that will help you focus on prayer.

1. Bible
Having the Word of God is crucial. I prefer the NKJV version. For example, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NKJV).

2. Prayer Journal
Writing down prayers helps track your spiritual growth. A dream journal can also be useful for noting prayers and revelations.

3. Devotional Books
Books like a Bible study guide or concordance aid in deepening your understanding.

4. Worship Music
Playing Christian music sets the tone. A small CD player or smartphone works well.

5. Comfortable Seating
A chair, cushion, or even a yoga mat makes extended prayer time more comfortable. I used to sit cross-legged on the floor with a small lamp for lighting.

6. Writing Tools
Highlighters, pens, and sticky notes help you mark scriptures and jot down thoughts. I keep a dry erase board for quick notes and reminders.

By organizing your prayer closet with these essentials, you create a space dedicated to connecting with God.

What to Include in Your Prayer Closet

Prayer Guides and Books

I find it helpful to keep several books in my prayer closet. My physical Bibles come first. I use different versions such as KJV, Message, and Amplified. It’s like having different tools for different tasks.

  • Physical Bibles (e.g. KJV, Message, Amplified)
  • Concordance: Quickly find passages.
  • Bible Dictionary: Understand people, places, and times.
  • Thesaurus: Find synonyms for better understanding.

Having specific guides helps direct my prayers. Books on prayer techniques or Bible study can be very useful. They enrich my time spent in prayer. One of my favorite verses is:

“Pray without ceasing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV

Journal for Reflections and Prayer Requests

A journal is essential. I write my thoughts and prayers. It helps me keep track of my spiritual journey. Each entry is a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

  • Prayer Journal: Write prayer requests.
  • Notebook: Jot down insights during Bible study.
  • Pen and Highlighter: Highlight important verses and notes.

Documenting my reflections lets me see how God answers prayers. It’s comforting to look back and see His hand in my life.

Photos of Loved Ones and Prayer Focuses

Photos of loved ones keep my prayers focused. They remind me to lift others in prayer. Seeing their faces brings a personal touch to my prayer time.

  • Photos: Keep pictures of family and friends.
  • Prayer Cards: Write specific prayer points.
  • Bulletin Board: Pin up photos and prayer focuses.

Praying for specific people helps me stay connected to their needs. It also provides a visual reminder to intercede for them regularly.

Personalizing Your Prayer Space

Decorating Tips for a Prayerful Atmosphere

Creating a prayerful atmosphere in your prayer closet enhances the spiritual experience. I placed a soft rug on the floor to make kneeling comfortable. Adding a small table or stool provides a surface for your Bible and journal.

Soft lighting sets a calming tone. I use a small lamp or battery-operated candles. These create a cozy and inviting space. Wall decorations like scripture verses add inspiration. For example, I have “Psalm 91:4” framed on my wall:

“He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” – NKJV

Incorporating Symbols of Faith

Symbols of faith can deepen your prayer experience. I have a cross on the wall to remind me of Jesus’s sacrifice. A small bowl of anointing oil serves as a tangible representation of the Holy Spirit.

Photos of loved ones remind me to pray for them. I keep a few on a bulletin board. Prayer stones or other small objects can represent specific prayer requests.

  • Crosses
  • Anointing oil
  • Prayer stones
  • Pictures of loved ones
  • Scripture verses

Maintaining a Prayer Closet

Regular Updates to Prayer Lists

I update my prayer list weekly. This ensures my prayers remain relevant.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray without ceasing.” Keeping a fresh list helps me stay focused.

I include:

  • New requests
  • Answered prayers
  • Personal struggles
  • Praise reports

Keeping the Space Sacred and Clean

A clean space invites peace. I use a small cloth and mild cleaner to wipe surfaces weekly.

Clutter distracts. I keep only essential items like my Bible, a journal, and a pen.

Matthew 6:6 instructs, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father.” Cleanliness helps me enter God’s presence without distraction.


Creating a prayer closet is a deeply personal and spiritual try. It’s a space where I can connect with God free from distractions. By thoughtfully selecting items like Bibles and prayer guides and adding personal touches such as soft lighting and faith symbols I make the space my own.

Maintaining this sacred area is equally important. Regularly updating prayer lists and keeping the space clean helps me stay focused and at peace. Following Matthew 6:6’s guidance ensures my prayer closet remains a haven for spiritual growth and connection.

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