Prayer Alone (7 February 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

About that time Jesus went off to a mountain to pray, and he spent the whole night there. The next morning he called his disciples together and chose twelve of them to be his apostles. One was Simon, and Jesus named him Peter. Another was Andrew, Peter’s brother. There were also James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus. The rest of the apostles were Simon, known as the Eager One, Jude, who was the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Jesus.

(Luke 6.12-16)

Reflect: 

Do you find you are never alone but often lonely? Jesus was often alone – but never lonely. There were many times when he went off to a quiet place to be with his Father. Silence and solitude are fundamental to the spiritual life. In silence and solitude we purposefully cut ourselves off from conversation, interaction and stimulation. We confront our soul and who we are before God.

Respond: 

Try to create silent space to be with God today. Don’t stress about how much time you can give this, just make it your aim to be with God away from the constant distractions. Turn the radio off in the car, go for a walk, turn off the phone so you can be alone with God this day.

Midday Meditation:

‘Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness, haste, isolation, and loneliness. You will see that the world is not on your shoulders after all. Your will find yourself, and God will find you in new ways. Silence also brings Sabbath to you. It completes solitude, for without it you cannot be alone. Far from being a mere absence, silence allows the reality of God to stand in the midst of your life. God does not ordinarily compete for our attention, in silence we come to attend.’

(Dallas Willard)

Evening Reflection:

'God of the day and of the night, in me there is darkness, but with you there is light. I am alone, but you will not leave me. I am weak, but you will come to my help. I am restless, but you are my peace. I am in haste, but you are the God of infinite patience. I am confused and lost, but you are eternal wisdom and you direct my path; now and forever.  Amen.'
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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