Silent and Alone (9 November 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

News about Jesus kept spreading. Large crowds came to listen to him teach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray.  (Luke 5.15-16)

Reflect: 

Throughout Scripture, we notice that Jesus often headed off on his own to pray – particularly after intense, busy periods of ministry. He spent 40 days in solitude before he began his public ministry, but he continued to withdraw for periods of time. We can assume that if Jesus needed this time and space to be with his Father, then we also require times of silence and solitude for our life with God today. Solitude helps to free us from busyness, to better hear God, to confront our realities and to be better with other people. 

Respond: 

Try to create opportunities for silence and solitude today, whether in the car, working in the garden, walking the dog or just stepping out on your own during the day. At the end of the day consider how the time alone with God was for you.

Midday Meditation:

In silence and solitude…we begin to experience again the presence of God in the inner sanctuary, speaking to and interacting with us. We understand anew that God will not compete for our attention. We must arrange time for our communion with Him as we draw aside in solitude and silence.

(Dallas Willard)

Evening Reflection:

Reflect on your time of quiet today. How was it for you?  Was it hard? Did you feel unproductive? Did God speak to you in any way? How can you continue to practice regular times of silence and solitude?

I patiently waited, Lord, for you to hear my prayer.
You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire.
You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to you.

(From Psalm 40)

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