Being Alone Part 2
Last month I touched on the idea of “being alone” and how God has created us to be people of community. We have a need to be around others. We like to be together with family and friends.
This month we will look at the times that we need to be alone. Jesus set a great example of when we should be alone. Those times when we are doing our morning devotions. Times that we are in prayer. In Mark 1:35 it says, “And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.” He, Jesus, developed a habit of getting up early and spending time with His Heavenly Father. Starting the day with a clear and refreshed mind. Calling upon God for direction and strength for the day.
Jesus needed the escape, the solitude, because of the demands of ministry and the daily life activities. Do you ever feel like the activities of daily life become too heavy on you. How about spending time with God, set apart from the activities of the day… either first thing in the morning or the last thing at night (I would recommend the first thing in the morning because by the time most people go to do it at night, they are too tired.)
But some may ask, what do I do when I am alone with God. Here are some suggestions:
Ask God to still your thoughts, and then listen for what He might have to say
Memorize and meditate on a piece of Scripture
Read the Psalms as prayers
Read a large chunk of Scripture as a whole story
Pray for friends, family, church, shut-ins, or world issues
Listen to some old hymns
Luke 6:12 “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” We may never spend the entire night in prayer like Jesus did, but we can set aside time to be alone with Him.
Try it for 30 days and see if it makes a difference in your life. This is one time that being “Alone” is good for you.
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