And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed (Mark 1:35). Where’s your solitary place? Where do you go to disconnect from the world and reconnect with your Heavenly Father? Do you have a spot in the mountains, in the back yard, at a cabin, or in the woods where you can pray, read Scripture, write, listen, sing, observe, think, memorize and be still?
Even Jesus Himself did not “burn the candle at both ends” or run 75 mph every day. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed (Luke 5:16). If you are going to be like Christ and follow in His footsteps, neither will you. Yes, you may have your “War Room” at your house where you daily meet with Christ, but you need a solitary place. Ask the Lord to lead you to one, to help you rearrange your schedule, and then to clear the way for it to happen. You may go for one hour, an afternoon or a day or more. Guaranteed, you’ll be glad you did.
The picture above is one of my favorite solitary places. I had to run there today for an hour, and be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10) . . . and I am not.
Where’s your solitary place to meet with God?
“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, ‘Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place” (Mk. 6:30-32).