The Secret Place, The Private Place, The Quiet Place

“There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God…”

…in thy presence is fullness of joy… (Ps 16:11)

How often, through the years of your Christian life, have you heard the admonition to get alone with God to pray, to meditate on his Word, to commune with your God? How often or how consistently have you done that? I have not always done it well.

It seems that in every biography I have read of famous Christians, men and women God has used greatly, they have spoken reverently of the private, quiet time they have spent alone with God. In fact, it appears to be the key to their joy and usefulness.

Our Savior needed this time. We read of him: “He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23) Again, “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) Again, “And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.” (Mark 6:46) Again, “And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” (Luke 5:16) Again, “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12)  And finally, “Then came Jesus with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to his disciples, “sit here, while I go over there and pray.” (Matthew 26:36)

We know that, as Christians, we have the great privilege to “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16) at any time. That is one thing. But real, intimate, personal communion and fellowship with our Lord is another. This is all too rare, because of the distractions of life, our warped priorities, and our laziness and lack of discipline.  We lose much as a result.  This sweet communion must be purposefully and diligently sought. How is it sought and how is it found? It is sought and found in effectual, fervent prayer in the secret place, the private place, the quiet place.

I am finding, more than ever before, that this is the real joy of the Christian life.


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