Sunday, July 17, 2016

I See... The Prayer Chair

We are taught to pray at special times in special places- in our temples, our churches, our homes, our closets, and even in our hearts. Our home has a traditional place where the most special prayers, priesthood blessings, are offered- we call it “the prayer chair.”


We picked up this chair several years ago when we lived overseas. As you can see, it's a non-traditional but entirely comfortable “corner” chair where the front corner appears squarely between the two legs of the person sitting in it. At first it was just a clever conversation piece; but as time passed it naturally became that special place where sons and daughters and moms and dads the and husbands and wives and Relief Society presidents and bishops in our family received blessings of inspiration, comfort, strength, guidance, and health. When someone has encountered a new calling in the ward, a new year at school, or a new illness at home, many times they end up spending time in the prayer chair under the loving hands of one with priesthood authority listening to guidance tailored to their particular trial.

In our latest humble abode it has secured a most sacred location- our walk-in closet. Usually it is a guardian of the mundane- a cozy resting place for clean and dirty clothes in various stages of being filed away somewhere else in the house. However, as one of my favorite Book of Mormon personalities Amulek taught, “But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.” (Alma 34:26), and without much effort at all it is easily transformed into that pristine place where souls are poured out.

Everyone should have a special place they can go to when they need help bearing their burdens. We have ours- the prayer chair. Where is yours?


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