Long before we knew of a “War Room” there was a 16 year old girl named Sydney who, in the privacy of her prayer closet she, in the early morning hours, quenched her thirst and tamed her hunger to know the Lord more intimately.
Every morning, without an alarm, Sydney woke up and went straight to her closet. Equipped with pillows, blanket, bible, notebook and pen she had all she needed. Tenderly she met Him in that space.
Her mother, Michelle tells it best in her own voice.
“God continues to show me just how passionate she was about being his disciple. The minute Ms. Clara showed her “War room” I couldn’t help but think of Sydney’s prayer closet she had made more then 2 years before we even knew about this movie..at only 16 she had cleaned out half her closet made a sitting chair out of a big pillow, two pillow pets and a blanket and that’s where she went to pray and spend time with God. I am so thankful for her and all the amazing gifts of faith she left for me to find. Cameron will have such a better life because we found and followed God for more of his life and because of how much trust and faith his sister had in God. I will forever wonder how many people she would have helped “raise up” for God had she still been here..Although I know she continues to speak through her book. I sure miss her energy and love for God!!” Michelle Jeter, author
Sydney made not only quiet time for her Lord, but she carved out a special place to meet in the privacy of her room…in her closet. Her testimony of faith inspires and challenges me to seek Him first in the stillness and quiet of my prayer closet.
Close to midnight, at just 16 years old, Sydney was swiftly and unexpectedly relocated to Heaven July 10, 2013. Her time on this side of eternity was brief, but her impact on the lives and salvation of others truly is a legacy of a lifetime.
Sydney is a present time example for me and many others, but there are many others in the Bible who have preceded her. Queen Esther who prayed in private. Moses sought quiet time with the Lord. Daniel fasted and prayed. King David did as well. The most famous of all was Jesus.
Secluded and set apart in Gethsemane Jesus sought His father in the privacy of the garden…
“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed…” Matthew 26:39 (NASB)
God doesn’t call the qualified and equipped, He equips the called. What is scaring you might be exactly what God has already equipped you to do. To figure it out you must walk it out. There is great protection inobedience.
“But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (HCSB)
On this side of eternity our lives are temporary. Forgive often, love much, and seek Him always.
“Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” John 4:14 (NASB)
Please visit SydneyLisaJeter.com and learn more about her life, her walk with Jesus, her Legacy of a Lifetime book, Play For Jeter, and “You Are Beautiful” project for the opportunity to be a blessing to others just as Sydney is. You will be equally blessed.
Excerpts taken from SydneyLisaJeter.com. Photo and excerpt used with permission by Michelle Jeter.
Cover photo by author