Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Alone With God
Everything Jesus did had a message and something to learn and imitate. Paul said, “imitate me as I imitate Jesus.” John wrote in plain language that if anyone says they abide in Christ they ought also to walk even as He walked. Paul in his letter to the church at Colossae also echoed the same thing:
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.Colossians 2:6 NKJV
To the believers in Rome Paul wrote that the inspired things written for Scripture are for our learning:
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.Romans 15:4 NKJV
Jesus had one open secret called “Being Alone With God.” Following His departure after the completion of His assignment the Apostles individually followed this pattern of being alone with God. We have proof. We see Peter in Acts 10 going up to the roof of the house to pray. He was alone. some time on the roof of the house to pray. More on that shortly. Here is Jesus alone with God:
Alone With God
Any Christian whatsoever who learns to be alone with God will have tremendous power in their life. They do not need to have a title such as Pastor or Bishop. They do not need to have lots of money or social status and recognition. The fact that they seek “Aloneness” with God without a shadow of a doubt guarantees the impartation of Divine character. The fruit of the Spirit becomes second nature as we grow in this practice.
Let us return to Peter’s time alone with the Lord in prayer:
9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.Acts 10:9-16 NKJV
Peter followed the burden of his heart and went “upstairs” to pray. There the Lord showed him some purpose that was about to unfold. A long story short, The Lord ends up explaining the vision to him. He was going to go to Gentiles for the first time to preach the Gospel. Jews at that time avoided relationships with Gentiles. The Lord was about to crush the generational barrier between these two peoples. Peter was one of the first given the privilege to do this after Christ’s resurrection.
So here’s a question: What if Peter never found time to be alone with Jesus?
What Would Happen In Your Time Alone
Do you know how to find time to be alone with Jesus? Do you start your day with Him every day? Have you fallen off the wagon in this matter? Please if that is the case do not cast yourself down. God does not judge you but invites you into daily fellowship with Him. Is this new to you? He invites you too. The scriptures tell us that we only live by the words that proceed out of the Lord’s mouth.
Make a plan, set the time, be intentional, and even block it off on your calendar as busy (meeting with Jesus). Set your alarm with that same title. That’s faith at work and you are telling the Father, I want to meet with You. Nothing draws Heaven like a desperate soul. Brothers and sisters in Christ follow the burden God is placing on your heart. See Habakkuk 1:1 in the NKJV and compare it to the NIV and NLT.
A burden to be alone with God will birth God’s will in and around you.
Let Us Pray
Let Us Host The Presence Of God
Please read and use the verses provided below for prayer following the “Model Prayer” Template
- Psalm 101. Give thanks to God for the completion of Day 18. Thank Him for making it to Day 19. Praise God that you will complete this fast successfully.
- Matthew 6:9. Hallow (honor and respect greatly) His name. Think of Who God is to you and worship Him by those names. Even with this fast He is a Helper indeed.
- Matthew 6:10, Matthew 28:19, 2 Peter 3:18. The Lord’s will is that we come to Him daily for everything He has to give. Pray for grace to learn to be alone with God more often.
- Matthew 6:11 John 6:1-14. Jesus provided for everyone who followed Him into the wilderness. They had more than enough to eat. Pray that the Lord will give us more than enough to help others
- Matthew 6:12. Give God praise for the grace to forgive others and to forgive yourself as well.
- Matthew 6:13b, Luke 10:17-19. Pray for God to deliver us from every plan of satan. Pray for wisdom and discernment.
- Matthew 6:13c, Revelation 4:9-11. Praise Him for His Kingdom, Power, and Dominion are forever. Glory Hallelujah!