Blessing of Being Alone with the Lord
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.Luke 5:16
Jesus often spent alone time with the Father and it must have been the most comforting time for him. If Jesus needed alone time with the Father, then do you think we need alone time with our Lord? Should being alone with the Lord be the most desirable and peaceful time of our day? And if we are to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, shouldn’t we desire to be alone with him? Does Satan keep us busy with worldly thoughts and tasks in an effort to keep us from being alone with the Lord?
How do we develop the desire to be alone with the Lord? The first thing we do to is start scheduling daily time alone with Him and then have the discipline to actually be alone with the Lord each day. Our alone time with the Lord is a time allotted for just us and the Lord. In your alone time praise the Lord, thank the Lord, meditate on the Lord, seek his help in ministry, read the Word, unload your fears and hurts, and lay everything at his feet. Whatever is in your heart give it to the Lord. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13) This verse means we focus on the Lord and abandon worldly, distracting thoughts. We devote our entire hearts and thoughts on our connection to the Lord. This may be difficult to attain, but with time and prayer it is achievable and it allows us to escape the world and move into the Kingdom. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46:10) With our hearts focused on God, exalting Him in praise, we become still inside and we reap love and peace. Our fears and worry disappear. The Lord brings comfort and rest to our souls like nothing else in life. The more we meditate on the Lord and his Word, the more love, peace, and joy we will retain in our souls.
Take time to be alone with the Lord. Allow time for just you and Him. Try and find a quiet place where there will be no interruptions. Jesus used to go on the mountain to find a lonely place to be with the Father. The more we are alone with the Lord, the more powerful the experience. Sometimes I rent a cabin for a day on a nearby mountain and fast from food and interruptions. There is nothing but God and me with the beauty of nature. Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:8)
We spend alone time with the Lord so we can be closer to him, and trust him more. The love, peace, and joy from our alone time with the Lord will stay with us as we go through our days. The driving force of our Christian lives is to know the Lord, and our alone time with Him is needed to develop a close, intimate relationship with Him.
Today, schedule alone time with the Lord and seek him with all your heart. Give all your thoughts, concerns, and fears to the Lord, but most of all your praise. Meditate on Him and His Word. Make this time with the Lord the highlight of your day.
Let’s pray: Lord, help me to seek you with all my heart, and to make it a priority in my heart to be alone with you each day. Thank you for always being there for me and help me to always be there to serve you. Don’t let anything in this world keep me from putting you first in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.