I often catch myself longing for a place of solitude in order to pray and write more effectively due to no interruptions. Phones, children, dogs and even a spouse are often sources of distraction from serious thought.
Jesus taught His disciples of all time the necessity of a special place of solitude to pray and think. Luke 22:39, “And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.” Christ often went to the Mount of Olives to pray. In this “prayer closet” He prayed one of the most fervent and agonizing prayers in history.
Do you have a special place to go to often for prayer? I didn’t think so. Yet this practice is vitally important, else Jesus would not have practiced it.
In our busy world how can we practice the discipline of the quiet place?
Susanna Wesley was the mother of 19 children, yet she knew the power and importance of private prayer. To hide from 19 children was as impossible then as now. She solved this hindrance in a creative way. When she wanted privacy for prayer she would sit down and pull her apron over her head and pray. The children learned not to disturb her during this ritual! This practice took hold on at least two of her sons, Charles and John Wesley!
Giving our complete attention to the Lord is essential if we want to draw ever closer to Him.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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