Friday, August 10, 2012

Praycation - DAY TEN

There are many people who are afraid to be left alone with God. Being alone to some people means loneliness, grief and sadness. Other people see being alone as a time of peace, quiet and rest. You can be alone, without being lonely.

Being left alone with God can be a transforming experience. It can also be a moment where God leads you through something to something new.

Moses was alone with God at the burning bush cafĂ©. Gideon was alone when God commissioned him to save Israel. Esther was alone with God before going to see the king. Peter was alone on the rooftop when he was instructed to go the Gentiles. John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness. The beloved disciple John was alone on the Isle of Patmos. And Jacob…

Jacob thought he had it all under control. He got what he wanted but lost what he needed the most. It was God who wrestled Jacob’s old life from him until the blessing of his new life was obtained. He was alone with God all night long.

God has called all of us to His best and highest. We must be willing to be alone with the Lord sometimes to hear what cannot be heard in the midst of our busy lives. We must let go surrendering our own idea of how things ought to be. Surrender all of our strength and wisdom to God. God knows how to wrestle us free so that we may rise higher to a new experience with God.

Make time today to be alone with God for a few minutes or more. Take no less than 31 seconds and build to 31 minutes. It will help you live with complete confidence that God is able to do with you and for you according to God’s word and your faith.
“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.”
Genesis 32: 24
Let us pray:
Lord, forgive me when I think I have figured it all out or know-it-all as I accept your invitation to sit alone patiently or wrestling in your presence to hear, ponder and obey. In Jesus name, amen.

Praycation 2012 – The Transformed Life.
Beloved, I know how hard it is to make space in your life for a few moments alone with God. For me, I have to get up early in the morning to steal away with Jesus. When our children were young, it was those quiet morning moments before the patter of little feet announced the day had begun. When I was working full time, pastoring a church and going to seminary at the same time, those alone times with God didn’t come until late in the midnight hour. We can find the time for everything else; find time to be alone with God today!

Remember the steps to Praycation: Silence, Solitude, Surrender, Service and Selah. Details are in The Transformed Life of August 1, 2012. Let me know you’re on the journey in the comment section. Please share your answered prayers or prayer experience there as well.

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