In the world but not of it

December 28, 2009

That solitary place…

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That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Mark 1:32a, 35

Someone once said in regards to serving the Lord “I get tired in the work, but I never get tired of the work”…

We see Jesus being completely engaged in ministry. As this was His specific calling He is now following the path the Father has laid out and is fulfilling His responsibilities and demonstrating His love and His power to those around Him. In short, He is busy going about His Father’s business.

Then in verse 35 we have a quick statement that the Holy Spirit interjected to tell us that the very next morning, quite early in fact, after a late night He gets up and finds an isolated, solitary place to pray.

We are used to the concept of recharging. We recharge batteries in all our favorite gadgets and we use the term often to describe the need for us to be refreshed in order to go back and meet the responsibilities before us.

There is no doubt that you who are reading this right now conduct a busy life. Your hours are filled with activity, there are demands upon you that require your attention and like most of us you are probably making plans to do this or that whether for work or personal reasons.

Somewhere in the chaos you find time to spend with the Lord. The challenge, however, is getting to that solitary place. The place where interruptions don’t exist, where the mobile phone doesn’t ring or beep (or vibrate), where the voices of others aren’t heard, where you can spend time in near silence looking to hear from the Lord.

Like the rechargeable batteries we get spent each day and are often very tired and weary. We need to recharge. When the batteries recharge they are stationary. They sit content in their recharging station happily fueling up for the next great adventure. They are plugged in to the power source, as it is their only lifeline.

Are you seeing the metaphor here? My only hope for a useful life with for God and with Him is to be completely plugged in to the Power source, to allow Him to completely recharge me and minister to me so that I am equipped and fueled for whatever is next.

What do we need to do? Get up (earlier than normal if necessary) and have that solitary time in a solitary place. Determine not to leave until He has spoken to you, given a Word to you and/or ministered to you in His own way.

Pray that the Lord will give you the strength both physically and spiritually to continue to go deeper, to make the necessary adjustments in your life and reorder the priorities so that you are fully charged and ready to go into the world each day. Remember, our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities and forces of the spiritual world.

You cannot find time, you must make it…

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