WHY DO WE PRACTICE SOLITUDE?
Our default is to be productive, active and proving ourselves. And yet, scripture tells us that God speaks in a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12). Learning to slow down helps filter out the noise and connect with ourselves and with God. Solitude helps us notice things we would otherwise miss due to the complexity and fast pace of our lives.
Solitude is the intentional getting away by yourself to be with God.
Jesus demonstrates many times throughout scripture that he got away to be by himself to connect with God.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
- Mark 1:35 NIV
Spend time in God’s presence with
no agenda, simply be. Set aside a specified amount of time to lean into silence and solitude
Before you begin your time of silence and solitude think of the words of Eli in 1 Samuel 1:9, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”
Before you begin your time of silence and solitude approach God with this question in mind, God what do you know about me that I don’t know?
Start somewhere and give yourself grace.
The more we practice solitude it becomes less awkward & more of a desire.
Most of what happens in solitude happens under the surface and God is doing it.
Solitude requires preparation and intentionality.
Experiment with short periods of solitude and extended moments of solitude.
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