Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Alone With God

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Reading God’s Word and prayer are two of the most rewarding disciplines believers can undertake. There is nourishment, refreshment, and encouragement in the Scriptures. Prayer allows communion with the Triune God, adoration, intercession for others, confession of shortcomings and sins, and expressions of gratitude. It matters not when the Word is read or prayers lifted up; God anticipates the prayers of His people and desires to guide and comfort through His Word. While it’s great to pray with brothers and sisters during worship services and wherever the Spirit leads, there’s nothing like having personal time and a special place to read the Bible and pray to God.

As a new Christian, I took Jesus’ words literally (Matthew 6:6). I had a walk in closet in my bedroom and it became my secret place from the cares of the world. It was my space of solitude and serenity, where only God and I were present. After a long day, it was there I retreated to talk with God and unload the burdens of my day. I laughed, wept, and expressed my deepest sorrows in my closet. Many times, I lifted my voice and sang my own songs of worship to God,

 I’m going to the mountain to see the King.

I’m going to the mountain to sing, sing, sing.

I’m going to see the mountain to see the King

For He is worthy of all.

This was the space where my most wonderful communion with God had taken place. Like Isaiah, my closet was where I saw the Lord high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:1). I was overwhelmed with a vivid awareness of God’s holiness and majesty.

Prayer to God can happen anywhere; He is omnipresent. He will hear the voices of His children no matter their location. Having a quiet place to be alone is a great way to connect with God uninterrupted, even if it’s a different place each time. It doesn’t need to be fancy or even indoors, it just needs to be free from the demands and commotion of the day.  If Jesus thought it was necessary to be alone with God, certainly believers can benefit from it as well (Matthew 14:23, Luke 5:16).

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

 

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