Have You Been Alone With God?

Mark 1:35-39 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
(36) And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.
(37) When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”
(38) But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”
(39) And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.

1. Brothers and sisters, do you have a solitary place?
2. Where does prayer fit in your daily schedule? I am not talking about the time you pray on the way to work, eating a meal and or buying a lottery ticket, but the occasions when you are alone with God and it is just the two of you.

My wife is an early riser, her prayer time or alone time begins at approximately 5:00 AM each morning, for one (1) or more hours.

My prayer time or alone time begins at approximately 6:30 AM, for approximately 1.5 hours and then on to posting on Face Book, and daily reading. We are in separate parts of our house for prayer and alone time.

We then have breakfast and discuss the activities for the day. This is our daily schedule unless there are medical appointments, etc.

Although prayer at any time is good, you and I need to have a set time and place where we meet with the Lord each day-preferably in the morning.

Even though Jesus was the Son of God, He knew the importance of solitary prayer time. He did not do anything on His own initiative, but instead lived in dependence upon the Father, acting only on the instructions God communicated to Him. God will communicate with you, if you allow Him.

In the reference Scripture, we don’t know what Jesus prayed, but when the disciples interrupted His morning prayer time, He had received His Father’s direction for that day-to “go somewhere else” so that He could preach.

Brothers and sisters, Jesus was the perfect example of a Spirit-led life, and prayer played a vital role. Since you and I are to follow His footsteps, wouldn’t it make sense for you and I to meet with God early in the morning in preparation for the day? Morning is the time to lay our concerns at His feet, seek His guidance for whatever the day holds, trust Him for provision and protection, and intercede for others.

Brothers and sisters, many things demand our time and attention. You and I can’t afford to neglect prayer. The fruit of prayerlessness is spiritual weakness, unmet needs, anxiety, and ingratitude. When you and I make prayer a priority, we will have a firm foundation for the day ahead, no matter what it brings. In the evening, you and I can look back with a heart of gratitude for an answered prayer.

Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.

Written By Edward Jeffries

8 thoughts on “Have You Been Alone With God?

  1. Marques, have you stopped writing brother?

    I wrote a post about praying, and it’s titled “praying Christian.”

    Back when I was in charismaticism in the 1980s, I experienced the atmosphere of trying to be super spiritual. I even faked having the gift of tongues, because I wanted to be like everybody else. Anyway, I remember being given a sheet of paper, and on it was something like a pie chart. Where it would guide you to pray for x amount of minutes about this and that.
    And when you had finished, you would have completed a full hour of prayer.

    Well, I think I only fully completed that once.
    It was just about the worst prayer time I’ve ever had.
    Everything was forced, and it made something beautiful, into a chore.

    Your post here has some very excellent information, no doubt about it.
    But I don’t factor how much time I pray each time.

    My prayers are frequent throughout the day, and usually brief.
    But my mornings are typically always started with prayer. Usually before I even get out of bed, and a few minutes later when I get my coffee, before I read scripture.

    It’s helpful to know that God lives inside of us Christians, and is always listening.
    So it isn’t necessary to try to get Him to leave heaven, and come hear us. He hears us Christians 24/7, regardless of the circumstances of our prayers.

    But if you pray for 1 hour plus each time, that’s beautiful, keep going. 😇

    All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, brother We certainly do have reason to be grateful that we have direct access to the Lord, 24/7/365.

      In today’s world, sadly many believers can find themselves caught up in the cares of day-to-day(busy work schedule, too much time on Social Media, too much time spent watching TV, hanging out with friends, even too much time at church events), and find quality prayer time sliding down the list of priorities.

      If there are two things Satan will do all he can to distract us from doing, they are quality prayer time with God, and spending quality time studying God’s Word.

      For many people, designating some specific time in the morning to spend time with God in prayer, is just what they need to get into the proper Godly mindset to take on whatever the coming day may throw at them.

      While some people may choose to set aside special time in the morning, and others may do it at night…Ed’s purpose for this post is to remind all of us that we need to be intentional about setting aside some alone time with the Father. Jesus did it, and we need it too.

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    2. Addressing this comment of yours Lee.

      “So it isn’t necessary to try to get Him to leave heaven, and come hear us.”

      Psalms 20:6
      6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed;
      he will answer him from his holy heaven
      with mighty victories from his right hand.

      We know that our prayers will reach the very throne of God. Jesus doesn’t have to leave His throne but His answer (His Word) will come to pass in favor of His praying children while seated at the right hand of Almighty God the Father.

      Matthew 6:6
      6 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.

      We need alone time with the Lord as Christ Himself displayed while on earth. It is one thing to pray in one’s head while doing your daily tasks, but it is a completely different thing when we actually stop everything we are doing and go to a private room to give your full attention to the Lord, that is what God seeks. Our full attention.

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