But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 NIV
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 NIV
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 NIV
Jesus set the model for our prayer time when He would go alone to be with His Father. In the verses above, notice the method and place of prayer…”alone, solitary, lonely, while it was dark, secret, with the door closed.”
If you have never experienced waking up around 5 am and sitting in a dark room, all alone with Jesus and nothing else, I highly recommend it. Seriously, a simple act of sitting still for a few minutes with Your creator in the dark and the quiet just might change your life. It is dramatic and holy what stillness and darkness, combined with the presence of God feels like. Have you spent time with Him alone lately, with no distractions? Do you think you may want to try it? Do you not have enough time to do so?
God understands. He really does. Although He is perfect, He understands we are not; we do not always give Him the time alone that He deserves. Our time is limited and has daily pressures that need to be addressed. He wants to be with us, though, as we face each day. Even if you only have five minutes, try sitting in an empty dark room with no phone, tv or to-do list, or anything you may want to check, watch, read or worry about. Make it just about you and God and that’s all.
I am still learning, but this is one of the things it took me decades to grasp and value. Being still and just communing with God is one of the most powerful connectors to Him. God showed me that simpler is better, quieter is better and, many times, less asking and talking is better. It honors Him when we make the time to just abide with Him and in Him. It really is that simple and that wonderful to be with the One who made us and knows us and loves us more than anyone else. Try it! You will like it, I promise. He always meets You where you seek Him:)
Because I love you all with the love of the Father,