“…in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He [Jesus] went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
Has your life been enriched by having a solitary place for prayer? Our Lord’s special place on one particular day was on a hillside above Capernaum which overlooked the Sea of Galilee. But for us however, any quiet location will serve that same spiritual purpose. The key to success is planning ahead for daily time spent alone with God. That personal desire is far more important than the physical location which you choose. The reoccurring question is – am I consciously seeking the privilege of regular fellowship with my heavenly Father?
It will forever be incomprehensible that our time with Him would be valued by our Creator. However, because we have free will – our individual worship is sought. Jesus explained this saying, “…a time is coming and has now come, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers whom the Father seeks.” (John 4:23) This underserved and timeless privilege is something which we find very difficult to comprehend.
How could our human feelings be of any consequence to God? Asked another way, why does anything we think or do actually matter to Him? As the Lord’s disciples, we will be in heaven before we fully understand this mystery! However, the Bible makes it clear that – we are personally loved by our Creator. Our fellowship is actively being sought even though we could never deserve a single minute of His time or interest.
The apostle Paul wrote, “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians. 1:9) This means that you and I have been invited to experience close personal time with our risen Savior. This is how we prepare ourselves for heaven!
What are you currently experiencing? Are you living a life of effective ministry or passive lukewarm devotion? The Bible states, “I know your works that you are neither cold or hot. I want you to be either cold or hot…because you are lukewarm.” (Revelation 3:15-16). This is said because we were created for lives of consecrated service and a noble purpose!
The way we start each morning makes all the difference. Our prayer life, Bible reading, and meditation on verses of Scripture will forever be our means of drawing close to God. It will also help us make wise decisions. For spiritual effectiveness, enjoying our daily “quiet times” will always be essential!
The searching question is this, are you personally prepared for ministry? Do you yearn to be used by your Master? If your answer is “yes,” then the next step is simply to act – by seeking that daily privilege. Are you willing to move ahead with God and become His usable witness? Now is the time to settle that matter in your heart!
By Billie Hanks Jr.