Can I Have Solitude with God?

Question:  “Can I have solitude with God and is it important?”

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Solitude is the state of being alone and is often associated with silence. The concept is to be alone with God, in His presence. To privately commune with God and hear God speak.  Psalm 46:10 says, Be still, and know that I am God.

The goal is not to study the Bible or bring all of our petitions and concerns to Him, but to simply be with the Lord. That's when the stress is broken, and all our tensions subside.

Interspersed throughout Jesus’ ministry of preaching, healing, and discipline we see Him repeatedly withdraw from the crowds – often getting up very early to do so – in order to be quiet and alone with the Father.  And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place (Luke 4:42).

While the demand on Jesus was enormous, He made time to do that which was most important, to spend time with the Father. Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16).

God is more interested in spending time with you than He is in what you do for Him.  From time with God will flow the will of God for you.

Reasons for solitude

For a relationship

God created us so to have a relationship with Him for eternity. Yet many Christians do not have time for Him. We will not be able to relate to the Lord if our minds are preoccupied and our schedules are full.  While solitary confinement in prison is seen as one of the worst things that could happen, many priests who spent years in solitary confinement in communist prisons later confessed that it was the richest and most blessed period of their spiritual lives.

For preparation

Solitude is one of God's way to preparing us for the day ahead. Although reading the Word and prayer are very important and should not be neglected, the primary purpose of solitude is to experience God's presence.  He wants to be alone with us because that's when He's able to reveal Himself in awesome ways so that we can know Him more intimately and feel a sense of belonging.

Eliminating distractions

To prevent our minds from drifting, we need to find a quiet place that is free from distractions.  For many, being busy has become their way of life.  But the goal is to be still and quiet so we can give the Lord our undivided attention. Before solitude, entrust each of your concerns to God in prayer so you can be free to be fully present with Him during solitude.  As we enjoy fellowship with Him, we are strengthened to handle the day and learn His directions.

But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him (Habakkuk 2:20).

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone (Psalm 62:5).

Jesus’ pattern was to spend time with the Father, listening to Him, and talking with Him.

Jesus said to His disciples and a crowd of people: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

The following are Biblical examples of people practicing solitude. Moses regularly met the Lord at the tabernacle (Exodus 33:7, 11). God spoke with Elijah (1 Kings 19) and Jacob (Genesis 32:24–32).  Jesus often withdrew to lonely places (Luke 5:16), and He found solitude after performing miracles (Mark 1:35), in times of grief (Matthew 14:13), before choosing the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12–13), during His distress in Gethsemane (Luke 22:39–44), and many other times.

Benefits of solitude

Solitude with God is a valuable practice.  A time of knowing God more deeply, a time to hear God, a time of strengthening, a time of refreshment, a time of sharing our deepest concerns with God, and a time of being with the One who formed us and loves us beyond our understanding.  It is a valuable time to renew a right perspective of who you are and who God is.

We must make time in our daily routine to withdraw into a place of solitude with our Lord.

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