Alone with God

Studying the synoptic Gospels you will find that Jesus often deliberately withdrew and took alone-time  to be in the presence of God. Although he was very busy in ministry yet he consciously made time to be alone. He loved to be in deserted and solitary place. 

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 

Matthew 14:13

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

 Mark 1:35

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 5:18 NIV

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

 Luke 6:12

The life of Jesus teaches us to take pleasure in time alone with God. His life teaches us that privacy and time alone with God will enable effectiveness in public ministry. This simply means the efficacy of your private devotions to God will determine public demonstrations to people. While there are tremendous benefits in corporate gatherings before God but nothing can take the place of  alone time with God.  Any man who will spend time alone with God will return in the power of the Spirit of God. Aloneness and power go together. We see this reality in the lives of  Jesus, Jacob, Moses, Paul, Peter and Daniel to name a few.

To be alone is a deliberate choice to seek privacy.

To be clear there is a big difference between alone and loneliness. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd and loneliness is triggered by the sprit of rejection and an inferiority complex. To be alone is a deliberate choice to seek privacy.  I want to encourage you to move away from the the busy-ness of life and seek some alone time with God.  The only thing you need with your alone time with God is your bible. Now I am not telling you to go on the mountains but I am telling you to look for a place where you can spend time alone with God. It may be your bedroom that you lock yourself in for a period of time. You don't need distractions like tv, phones and Ipad. I know this is the modern world and that we all live with our cellphones. You need to learn to switch it off!


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