There’s plenty of reason to go be alone with yourself. Let’s be honest, that seems like an impossible task, but what kind of time do you just have to do whatever you want? When you do secure that time, it’s probably not so you can rip open the Bible and devour His Word. Most of the time, you’re gazing around the room aimlessly as you wait for a Snapchat to arrive.
Go be alone
Since we’re always talking about community and communion and other Christian buzzwords, we sometimes neglect to mention that it’s equally essential to remember that the Christian life is not just a communal thing. Spending time *alone* with God, is as important as it’s ever been—and we’d say it’s needed even more in this ever-online age of distraction. But nothing can stop us. Nothing can distract us. We’ve got this. You betTER GET BEHIND ME, SATAN-whoops, hey Mom. Yes, I’ll do the dishes.
But we do need solitude with the Lord. We need it when we’re tired and weak, and we need it when we’re strong. There’s not many days where we wake up and we’re like, “You know what, God? I don’t need you today. Try again tomorrow?” The question to ask yourself: Are you aching and wanting to spend time with Jesus? For most of us, being about to rest without distraction won’t come without a fight: a fight from within ourselves, and most definitely a fight from the enemy. Even as you’re beginning: you’ve just sat down intentionally to spend time with God. And as start, you’re distracted by your thoughts, your attitudes, your feelings—even your surroundings. Even Jesus slipped away for alone time to see the Father.
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16
Go be expectant.
How do you enter your time with God? Do you just sit there and stare at the wall—and expect Him to do things in your life? We’re not sure it works like that. When we say “be expectant,” it’s a little more intense, focused and deliberate.
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.” Romans 12:11-12
Enter your time alone with a prayer for the Lord to show up ready and willing and able to edify and support you. Our God is concerned foremost with His own glory, and if you enter your alone time with that front and center, the outcome is always more fruitful. Pray with expectancy that the Lord can and will change lives. Cause to be honest, praying without expectancy is legit prayer without any power at all—because it’s prayer without faith in a real, true God. Can you even call prayer without expectant faith prayer at all? Not really. Just empty words.
Go be filled.
Let’s talk about this for a sec. If you’re expecting to go sit and stare at a wall and wait for the Lord of the universe to bend down and be like, “Hey Harry, yer a wizard,” then you’re probably going to be a little disappointed. Talking with the Lord happens when you’re exposed to His Word. And yes, by that we’re talking about the Bible. As God’s revealed communication to us, we can be confident that. He’s speaking to us through great men and women before us. As we delve into those words, He gives us His Spirit freely, who applies and nurtures its implications to our souls. Are you ready for it?
Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed. The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced. Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth, and of the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading. J. C. Ryle
If you’re just chilling, without any dwelling on Scripture, then you’ll be disappointed expecting the Lord to show up in the still, and quiet, and dark places. Being alone isn’t enough. In order to be truly alone with God, you must have His Word in front of you, or memorized and solidified in your heart. We can be sure that the Lord communicates to us through His Word—a living testimony to His glory. GET IN THAT BOOK.