Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stone....16th October 2017
The greatest key to spiritual growth is spending time alone with the Lord. This means taking time to speak to God about whatever is in your heart and even more importantly, allowing him to speak to you.
God called King David ‘a man after my own heart’ (Acts 13: 22; 1 Samuels 13:14). To win this type of reputation, David first needed to know the mind and heart of God so that he might be able to do what the Lord desired of him. David sought to know God and he frequently ‘inquired’ of the Lord. He spent time in the Lord’s presence, singing to the Lord from the depths of his heart. In 2 Samuels 7:18 we read, ‘Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said, ‘Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far:’
What did it mean for David to sit before the Lord? It means that he spent time alone in the presence of God, communicating with the Lord from the depths of his heart, asking him questions, and listening quietly for the Lord’s answers.
Jesus frequently sought time apart to be with his heavenly alone to sit before the Lord. Time with the father provided him with a source of comfort and strength. We are wise if we choose to spend time alone with God, in a place without distractions or interruptions, for a period sufficient for us to relax completely and focus our attention fully upon the Lord and His Word. We must be willing to wait in the Lord’s presence until we receive Gods directives or His words of comfort.
What you Need for your alone time with God
- Identify a quiet place
- Create the time
- Take your Bible, Notebook and Pen
- Take your Bible Concordance and Dictionary if you have any
Why People don’t have this desire
Why don’t many of Christians desire to spend time alone with God? It may be because we are not sure of our relationship with God. If you are born again spiritually, you have a father-child relationship with God and as your heavenly father, He loves you unconditionally and deals with you tenderly and patiently. The more we learn what God is really like, the more we see Him as He truly is and the more we will long to spend time alone with Him…and the more we will know the fullness of his grace. He will help us to spend more valuable time alone with Him and as grace takes over, it will no longer be a struggle to be alone with God.
Watch out for different ways God can speak to you
Adapted from The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible..