I was always told by my church leaders that I need to spend time with God but I never understood exactly why it is a must. I just thought it was the “Christian thing” to do. So here and there, I would set aside a few minutes to pray and read the Word. It wasn’t until my early college days that I realized why spending time alone with God is necessary. If growing deeper in my relationship with my Creator is my goal then I must spend time with Him.
Jesus demonstrated this example of “quiet time” in the four Gospel. He would get up early morning, withdraw from His disciples to spend time and fellowship with His heavenly Father.
“When He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there”. Matthew 14:23
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed”. Mark 1:35
We see in the Gospel of Luke chapter 5, it states “ But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray”.
Put yourself in Jesus’ place for a moment. Imagine you’ve been performing miracles all day and yet there’s still a long line of people waiting to be healed. Sounds exhausting, right?
Well, most of us aren’t out there performing miracles but we get bombarded with a list of things to do- from the time we open our eyes in the morning until the time our head hit the pillow.
If Jesus, The Son of God felt it necessary to slip away in order to spend time with God, why then do we not find it essential to do the same?
We sometimes sing, “I am a friend of God…” and it is true that He calls us His friend (John 15:15). Just as we have to spend time with our earthly friends in order to cultivate and grow the relationship, it’s no different with our Heavenly Father. We should eagerly desire to deepen our relationship with Him and that can only be done through us withdrawing and being alone with Him.
There is so much that the Lord wants to share with us when we are obedient to the call of being in fellowship with Him.
He wants to reveal His secrets to us.
He wants to transform our character.
He wants us to experience His peace at all times.
He desires for us to be in oneness with Him just as the Son is in oneness with the Father.
Ultimately, the purpose of us spending uninterrupted time in fellowship with the Father is to develop a more intimate relationship with Him.
Will you set aside the time today to experience the joy of His presence?
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