Main Truth “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 1:35-36
What does it take to build a healthy relationship? It takes self-sacrifice, communication, time invested, patience, forgiveness, love, and loyalty. The incredible gift of relationship with God, our Father, is that He will never move on whether you are investing in relationship with Him or not. He is always there, arms outstretched to gather you in. Yes, God desires a personal relationship with you.
If you are already in relationship with God, how often are you in communication with Him? Once a day, once a month, or do you invest time and chat with him throughout your day? Prayer is our wireless connection to our Heavenly Father. The more you communicate with Him, the more you will be in tune to His voice and His various lines of communication with you.
In the New Testament we find Jesus was all about prayer. He started His day in communication with God, “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 1:35-36). Jesus, prior to making a big decision such as who He was going to choose as His twelve disciples, prayed to God, “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles” (Luke 6: 12-13).
Seeking guidance and direction for the beginning of each day and in making huge life decisions are just two examples of when and what we should lift up in prayer.
Giving each day to God. Asking to see even the most mundane things through the lens of Jesus opens our hearts and mind to His will throughout the day. Notice that Jesus separated himself from all distraction to seek counsel from God. He didn’t pray surrounded by people and distractions. He went somewhere quiet to focus on praying to His Father.
I have gotten into the habit of praying and communicating with God throughout the day, like thanking Him for a green light while driving. Acknowledging his goodness even in the tiniest things. However, when it comes to seeking out solitude daily and praying, I’m inconsistent. I’m not talking about praying to God before my feet hit the floor in each morning. I’m talking about going to a specific location in my home seeking solitude carving time to pray daily. This is my goal for 2019.
I believe that my time in communication with God will be richer and more fulfilling if I schedule seeking solitude and entering into communication with God as strong a habit as I talk to him throughout the day.
Interesting thought, the word Holy means to be “set apart”. In viewing my 2019 New Years resolution of seeking daily solitude to chat with God, I can say that this time of solitude with God will be a holy communion of communication.
Jesus’ example of separating Himself from the hustle and bustle of day to day life; Seeking quiet and solitude to partake of the communion of communication is an act to master. What gems will be discovered? I intend to find out. Seek and you will find.
I pray that all of us enter into improved connections of communication with God for it’s in His instruction that we find our greatest treasure.
Post written by: Karen Meier Karen has been a Christian for over 30 years. During that time God delivered her from an abusive first marriage. Deliverance also occured as God forgave and saved me from other terrible life choices. God has shown Karen the power that is in grace. Grace she realized she had all along. Grace is our 3.0 power app. It empowers us to live a Christ-centric life. Karen is married to an incredible man for the past 10 years. Together they have blended their families and raised our 4 sons. You can find Karen Meier at www.sliceofgracetoday.com and Follow her on twitter @Slice_Grace2Day.