4 Steps to Creating a Holy Space
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:7-10
There is no escaping His presence, but just because we can meet God anywhere, doesn’t mean we should. I’m not saying you shouldn’t take advantage of this benefit that God gives us to meet Him when you need Him. What I am saying is that sometimes we need a special place to seek Him.
What I am saying is that sometimes we need a special place to seek Him.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matt 6:6
The context of this passage has to do with pride. The hypocrites would pray in the streets for attention. Christ says they have done just that and receive their reward. But, he challenges his disciples to get alone with God. Could Christ’s nudge toward alone time with God have to do with more than just pride? Could it be because God would like to spend some alone time with his sons and daughters? Could it be God delights in spending quality time with us without the distractions of the world?
I was sharing one space with rest, work, play and spirituality. It became a problem.
My room had been a mess for a few months. Basically, I didn’t want to clean it because honestly, the only thing I did in there was sleep. I’d read my Bible on the couch downstairs, watch T.V. on the couch downstairs, sometimes work on the couch downstairs, hang out with friends on the couch downstairs, etc. I was sharing one space with rest, work, play and spirituality. It became a problem. I recognized when I was on my couch I was reading my Bible less, and watching Netflix or catching up on email more. My usual morning devotional seat was being replaced by distractions. It’s just like doing work in bed. Did you know that if you treat your bedroom like an office you may have a harder time falling asleep? The space where you are supposed to relax has been turned into a place of work and tension. My space for reflection and seeking after God has been turned into a place of many other things. I needed to find a holy place.
The word holy means set apart. There is nothing wrong or weird about finding a place to call holy. What that simply means is setting aside a space that is reserved for finding God. It’s a space where boundaries are set to protect it from becoming an ordinary living area. It is a space where one can go knowing they’re there to seek God and nothing else. These are the steps I took to reclaim a holy space reserved for finding and worshiping God.
1.) Find a quiet place and declare it holy.
This might seem a little charismatic or silly, but take over a safe space where interruptions are highly unlikely to happen, then pray over it. It’s an act of asking for accountability from God and dedicating it for His presence.
2.) Set up your space.
Maybe you find a space in your bedroom to use; rearrange your furniture to set up a nook in the corner with a chair, table and lamp. Or maybe you have a walk-in closet you’d like to use; reorganize your clothes so there’s enough space for you to be able to close the door and seek after God. It is all on you to create a comfortable and safe place for you to be rocked by God.
3.) Protect your space with boundaries.
Do not play Flappy Bird in your “holy place.” Do not check your e-mail in your “holy place.” Do not swipe unlock to see your newest text message in your “holy place.” Establish boundaries around this space so that your only focus when you enter there is seeking and worshiping God.
4.) Use your space.
It will be pointless and insignificant if you do not use your set-apart space. Part of creating this space dedicated to worshiping and finding God is to actually go there and find and worship Him. Get the walls of that space stained with His presence.
In my case, my room had been a mess, and clutter is a distraction for me in itself, so I went to town filing away important papers lying around and putting away stuff that was laying out. Then I rearranged my room and put a chair in my “holy corner” with a table and lamp next to it. I made it feel like a calm and safe space.
Do you have a set-aside space to meet with God? Where do you go? If you don’t, what changes can you make this week to find your holy space with God?
by Trevor Allen
After working for 2 1/2 years in Puno, Peru as a 40/40 Church Planter, Trevor felt God was calling him to stay in the Extreme family. He now uses his gifts of communication and creativity as a Marketing Coordinator with Extreme Nazarene in Columbus, Ohio.
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