Why Prioritize Time Alone with God

Published on Apr 10, 2024
Category: Behold!

Read: Mark 1:23-45

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mark 1:35

Jesus the Son of God prayed.

After a long and busy day, it is only reasonable to want to sleep in, take it easy, right?

Jesus’ day had been very long and busy. He had healed many, and walked long distances. He had every reason to take it easy the next morning. But the Bible tells us that He got up, very early in the morning and went to pray. Very intentional choice.

Jesus prayed not because He was weak. He prayed because He was strong. His time of prayer strengthened His communion with God the Father and nourished His soul. We do not know what exactly Jesus prayed, but He prayed. He may have prayed for those He had met the previous day, He prayed for those He was to meet the coming day, He prayed for His disciples.

If talking to God was so very important to Jesus, the Son of God, how much more we as humans need to be strengthened and nourished in our souls. And how would you know your God unless you spend time with Him in prayer and His word? Any relationship takes work. If you want to build your relationship with your friend, what would you do? You would spend time together, talk and listen to one another to get to know each other. To deepen your relationship with God is no different. Take time to be with Him, talk to Him in prayer, listen to what He has to say through His word. The Bible reminds that the prayer of the righteous has much power (James 5:16).

Look no man in the face till thou hast seen the face of God. Speak thou with none till thou hast had speech with the Most High. (Spurgeon).

Would you ask God to enable you to be still in His presence and nourish your soul, daily?

How much time do you spend in prayer and reading God’s Word each day? What benefits have you experienced when you have prioritized time with God, and how have these impacted your relationship with Him?

Have you ever felt distant from God and struggled to connect with Him through prayer? What distractions or obstacles keep you from spending time alone with God, and how can you overcome them? What steps can you take to rekindle your relationship with Him? Is there a friend you can ask to pray for you, pray with you?

Prayer

Lord, enable me to be still in your presence and long to spend time with you and your word each day, I pray, Amen.

Scripture Writing: Matthew 6:33

Song: Be Still My Soul

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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