“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.”
–Jesus the Christ (Matthew 6:6, ESV)
One of the things that I started doing several years ago was making use of a personal prayer mat. Although I haven’t always been consistent in doing so in the past, I’ve had a resurgence lately in making use of one. As you can tell from the picture below, my prayer mat really isn’t much. It’s just a simple piece of cloth. In fact, it’s not really a “mat” at all. Mine is just a bath towel that’s intricately designed. Go get yours at the local Wal-Mart too. A prayer mat serves two simple purposes for me which you may find useful for yourself.
It reminds me to pray.
My personal prayer mat serves as a visual reminder for me to take some time off to pray. I place it in a location where I can easily see it often. And although I don’t pray every time I see it, it often reminds me to do so especially if I haven’t spent any significant time in prayer for the day yet. It visually nags at me and beckons me to get on my knees before the throne of grace.
It sets apart space for prayer.
My prayer mat helps me designate a specific space for prayer. I can go into any room and open up my prayer mat and it visually transforms the space designating it for a time of prayer. When I sit down or kneel on my prayer mat, I am physically reminded that I come before the Lord. I find it to be similar to when Moses approached God at the burning bush and God told Moses to take his sandals off because he was standing on holy ground. I approach the throne of grace in similar reverence on my prayer mat.
Now of course, you don’t need a prayer mat to actually pray to God. Your prayers aren’t more effective or more special just because you use one. But it could be a helpful addition to your prayer strategy. If you find it helpful, go ahead and make use of a prayer mat. Having a prayer mat is simply an added layer of reminding you to come before the Lord in personal intercession.