“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” (Matthew 14:23 NKJV).
Being a Christian is not belonging to a religious sect, organization, or denomination. But, it is essentially having a personal, intimate and loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
However, Christianity is not isolation or separation from people. It is beneficial for a believer to belong to and be active in a Christ-centred local church.
The Bible admonishes us to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:24-25 NKJV).
It is undoubtedly very good, necessary, and highly rewarding for you to fellowship regularly with other born-again believers. However, this must never be considered or regarded as a good substitute for your regular personal and intimate fellowship with God.
There is nothing more rewarding and enriching than a time spent alone with God. Therefore, you must guard your time of personal and deep communion with God jealously. Nothing must be allowed to compete with it or to substitute for it.
Although our Lord Jesus Christ always had multitudes with varied needs to attend to every day, yet He knew when to send them away, so that He may have a personal and intimate fellowship with His Father.
The Scripture records: “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” (Matt. 14:23 NKJV).
If our Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world purposely to seek and save the lost souls could send the people away so that He might have time alone with God, there is absolutely nothing wrong for you to withdraw from the multitude in order to have some time alone with God.
Besides sending the multitudes away, there were also times when Jesus sent away even His close disciples, so that He might have an uninterrupted personal communion with God (Mk. 6:45-47).
Most times, Jesus would withdraw from His disciples while they were still sleeping and went out to a solitary place, so that He might pray and meditate alone (Luke 4:42). And the disciples would wake up only to find out that He was not with them and then began to search for Him.
The Scripture records: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.” (Mark 1:35-36 NKJV).
It is wisdom for you to prize, esteem and guard jealously above anyone or anything else your time alone with God.
Truly, we live in a boisterous and clamorous world. There are many things competing for your attention, devotion, and affection on a daily basis.
Your loved ones need you to spend quality time with them daily. Your business, ministry, career or job also needs your undivided attention and devotion. You have church services to attend weekly or even daily. You also need time for recreations and other activities.
Considering your daily busy and tight schedule, it is so easy to sacrifice your time alone with God, deceiving or consoling yourself that God understands that you are too busy. It requires no effort to substitute your personal fellowship with God with corporate fellowship.
When you constantly sacrifice your time alone with God for other activities or fellowships, you will miss the tremendous blessings of personal, deep and intimate communion with God.
While Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes in the public, he explained all things in the closet to His disciples who delighted in spending time alone with Him.
The Scripture reveals, “But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.” (Mark 4:34 NKJV).
There are deep things about God, His kingdom, and His plans and purposes for your life that you may never get to know or understand in the public or while among the multitudes, but only when you are alone with God, in your closet or solitary place.
Drifting from one church to another, from one special meeting to another, or from one prophet to another may compound your confusion and frustration. But, when you set aside a definite and quality time to be alone with God regularly, like Jesus did to His disciples, He will explain all things to you.
God waited patiently for Jacob to be left alone before He drew near to wrestle with him to transform him and bestow upon him true generational blessings. Until Jacob was left alone with God, he never disclosed his true identity and his deepest longing to God (Gen. 32:22-32).
Like Jacob, there are some deep longings, wounds, hurts, inner struggles or anguishes that you may not feel too comfortable or may even be ashamed to expose for God to heal while you are in the company of other believers. This is why you must always set aside a time for a personal and deep communion with God.
Beloved, it is very good, beneficial and rewarding for you to cultivate the habit of making time out of your daily busy schedule to be alone with God daily to worship God, to behold God’s beauty, to inquire from God’s mouth, to meditate upon God’s Word, and to share freely your deepest thoughts and emotions with God.
Moses might have died as an insignificant shepherd if not that he turned aside from his flocks to focus on God and spend time alone with God (Exo. 3:1-10).
You may never become all that God has destined you to become in this life if you continue to treat or handle casually or nonchalantly your personal time of fellowship with God.
Friend, make time out today and everyday to be alone with the Lord, beholding His glory and being transformed into His image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:18).
Don’t continue to miss the tremendous blessings of spending quality time alone with God daily!
The Scripture states: “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD.” (Prov. 8:34-35 NKJV).
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, deliver me from all distractions and activities that hinder me daily from having a quality personal and uninterrupted communion with You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.