Alone with God
5th JANUARY, 2021
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. [Mark 1:35 NRSV]
One of the ways to enjoy the best that the new year holds for us is to intentionally make time to be alone with God daily. To meet with God daily, we must be consistent in our decision to find quality time out of our busy schedules to pray, read and study His word. This time is different from church meetings, family devotions, group bible study and prayer times. These are also important, but cannot substitute for that one-on-one moment with the Lord.
The secret to power in the Christian’s life is his or her devotional life. So as children of God, it is ideal to be in constant fellowship with our heavenly Father throughout the day. However, this becomes seemingly impossible sometimes because, as we go about fulfilling other engagements, our attention can be easily drawn to other things.
Amidst Jesus’ busy schedules (preaching, teaching, healing the sick, travelling from place to place), He still made time to be alone with the Father first thing in the morning before engaging in any other activity. That moment of being alone with the Father was the source of His strength and wisdom for every facet of His life.
The Lord Jesus rose a great while before daylight and went to a deserted (away from distractions) place to pray. In the same way, we shouldn’t get too busy that we fail to make some quiet time for God, for when we wait on Him, He will take us through the busyness of life. The principle of first things implies that whatever you do first in the morning affects your productivity for the rest of the day. In the same way, when we give God first place in our lives, He takes charge of the rest.
Father, help me to make room for You before I do anything else. I thank You in the matchless name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Further Reading: Psalm 63:1, Isaiah 40:31
Prophetic Declaration: Psalm 91