Posted On: August 4, 2014 • Author: Pastor David Bousquet • Category: Articles
Multiple times throughout His ministry, Christ went alone to pray. He would often retreat to a remote location, and then spend time praying to His Father. It was at one of these times in the garden that He revealed that His personal will was not to die, but that in spite of His desire He was fully committed to following the Father’s plan.
Solitude is one of the most neglected and misunderstood steps of maturity in the life of the believer. It is neglected by the simple fullness or busyness of our lives. We fill each moment with activity, clinging to our noise as if it were a source of life. Seldom do we create an atmosphere of serene peace or solitude. We live in chaos, and seem to feel that chaos is necessary. Paul told the Corinthian church that all things are to be done decently and in order. Chaos and active serve as distractions which prevent us from really growing in our faith.
Not only is it neglected, but it is also misunderstood. Solitude is not just being alone, it is creating a space and time to free oneself from the distractions of life in order to prayerfully examine one’s own heart and life with Christ. It is meant to provide the believer with an invaluable tool which in the hand of the indwelling Holy Spirit is meant to reveal the believer’s strengths and weaknesses. It is in solitude that God is able to speak to the heart of the individual as a father would instruct his child. It is meant to be a time of sacrificial giving to the Father, by giving Him undivided attention. This time should be spent in prayer, reading, and personal evaluation. For all of these reasons, we should each take the time to craft a time and place for this kind of solitude, for in it we can find healing, strength, maturity, and growth.