Panic Room Prayer Devotional

Panic Room

Julia Bettencourt

Posted September 9, 2015


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

I'm sure you all know what a panic or safe room is.  We usually think of them as something the mega rich have in their homes, but more and more people are having them installed, not just because of the threat of home invasion but as a safe room during storms and tornados.

Panic rooms are those safe places to run and hide in.  If you have one, it is where you go when the bad guys invade your home or when you are extremely threatened by the weather.

I saw something on panic rooms recently and I got to thinking how prayer is my very own panic room.  There are several characteristics of a panic room that prayer affords me.


It is Secure.

The walls, floors, and ceiling of a panic room are fortified.  Many times the doors are reinforced with steel plates and the room is usually anchored in some way to the foundation.  It is safe.  Whether it is intruders or the wind from a storm, the structure has to be able to withstand whatever forces that want to attack it.

Isn't that so like prayer?  It is such a safe and secure place to be.  It is where I can seek refuge when I am in danger.  There are always going to be those outside forces pressing on us.  The devil and the world are on the loose.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  1 Peter 5:8

When I run to my safe place of prayer, I am able to withstand the onslaught of the intruders.  The Lord keeps me calm and gives me peace.  Prayer is anchored down as a privilege I have as a Christian.  

When I have prayer as a place to turn to, I know I can have the confidence that things will be okay.  Spending time with the Lord in prayer makes me feel secure.


It has Air.

Panic rooms have to have air in order for those who are inside to breathe.  There has to be some kind of ventilation or air filtration.

Have you ever noticed how much easier we breathe when we are constantly taking advantage of prayer?  Prayer gives us that place to just relax and breathe.  We can give our worries over to the Lord.

We all probably carry around stress we don't need to.  Prayer can be such a stress reducer.  We have to take a deep breath and allow prayer to give us that steady strong heartbeat that we need.  It gives us relief when we fill our lungs with prayer.


It is Quiet.

Panic rooms should be soundproof if you are building one to use in case of home invasions.  You don't want the bad guys to hear you, but also when you get inside there, you can't hear them either.  If you can't hear them, you won't be able to hear their threats or allow them to increase your fear with what they say.

That is so how it is with prayer.  Prayer is our quiet place.  It is where we can just rest in the arms of Jesus for a while and let the sounds of the world go dim.

A quiet place can give us clarity.  When we spend some quiet time in prayer, it can give us some sanity as we tune out all the cares of the world.  That quiet place can help us focus on the Lord and helps put things into a proper perspective.


It Contains a Means of Communication.

Proper panic rooms possess some way for you to communicate with the outside so that you can call for help.  It might be a cell phone, landline telephone, or even an alarm connected to the police department.

I love the fact that prayer holds my way of communicating with the Lord.  I know I have direct access.  I don't have to worry that the battery isn't charged.  The line can't be cut by the intruders.  The line is never busy.

On top of that, the Lord always is there and answers at the first ring---sometimes before it rings.


It is Filled with Neccessities.

When you have a panic room, it has to be stocked with the things that are needed in times of trouble.  Panic rooms need to be stocked with necessities such as food, water, blankets, and first aid supplies.

Prayer is a fully stocked panic room.  Everything we need is there and more.  When we spend time with the Lord it sustains us.  Taking advantage of prayer can keep us healthy and in good condition as a Christian.

Feeling dehydrated?  Drink in some prayer.  Starving?  Prayer will keep you full.  Cold?  Prayer will warm you.  Hurt or discouraged?  Prayer can help heal you and be soothing to your wounds.  Afraid?  Prayer can calm you.



Conclusion:

Prayer is a lot of things.  It is a place to worship.  It is the place we talk to God.  It is where we sing praises and show our thankfulness.  It is where we ask for things we need.

We don't have to wait until there is a crisis to spend time in prayer, but when life invades, the winds blow, and the threat of danger looms, I am so thankful that I have prayer as my panic room.

It is a great relief to know that I have a safe place to hide.  I have a secure shelter that can't be penetrated by the outside forces.  It came with the house so to speak and just look at our Contractor that built it.

He didn't cut any corners or do any shoddy work.  God put in all the safeguards.  He put in all the security and neccessary things to keep me from harm.  The structure is secure.  Prayer is my fortified safe place.

What is more amazing is that Jesus gave me access to this panic room.   You know how some panic rooms are hidden by mirrors or hidden panels on the walls.  The intruders don't know where the door is but the occupants of the home do.

As Christians we can easily find the door to prayer.  We have been given the right to access it.  We can go running inside anytime we need to or anytime we start to feel threatened.  Our key verse says, we can come "boldly".

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

When I go running to my panic room of prayer I can be sure it is a safe place for me.  The stress just rolls off of me when I get inside.  When I start communicating with the Lord I feel okay.

The intruders and storms that invade my life don't seem so much of a threat when I give things over to the Lord.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

So, are you taking advantage of your panic room of prayer?

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