“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6, ESV).
Are you personally satisfied with the amount of time you spend with God? I believe in the midst of this distracted, life in the fast lane world we live in, that the principle of being alone with God is one we should give greater attention to.
I have received a great deal of revelation simply from being alone with Jesus in private worship, prayer and Bible study. Recently, I heard the Lord speak something deep inside: “Seek My presence in private and you will experience My power in public.” For clarity, the idea isn’t for any personal glory, but to draw close to the Lord because it is where He reveals Himself; His plans for our lives; where He reveals things in the Bible that are hard to understand. It is also where we find the greatest peace and direction for our lives and for those we meet.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, ESV). Notice within this verse, the things available to those who wait on the Lord. When we say, “Wait on the Lord” it doesn’t mean as a slave but coming to wait; to spend time with the Lord; to wait for the Lord. There, He will lift you up; you will experience renewed strength and vigor. That’s what being in the presence of the Lord does for an individual.
In fact, I believe there are things we can glean from the Lord only by spending quiet time with Him. “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4, ESV). Being alone with God is powerful. You may or may not sense His presence sometimes, but His presence will always impact you.
The Bible is full of examples of people in challenging situations, needing answers; much the way we live in a complex world full of stress, trials, complications, desperately need answers. Jesus is there waiting to meet with you and me. Let’s look at Daniel. This is a man who was living in Babylon when Israel had been invaded and its citizens taken captive under King Nebuchadnezzar. He was a brutal dictator and thought nothing of killing anyone who didn’t play ball with him.
One night the king had a troubling dream and needed an interpretation. None of his advisors could interpret the dream. In fact, the king wouldn’t tell them what the dream was, but demanded they tell him what he’d dreamed. None could, except Daniel. After spending some time alone with God, Daniel received the interpretation of the dream. Because of Daniel’s trust in God, he was promoted and developed a close relationship with the king.
More next week!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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