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Solitude & Adoration (Called to Prayer)

Solitude & Adoration (Called to Prayer)

God doesn’t want my eloquent words or my perfect outfit. He wants me even if the only word I can utter is “help.”

Leah Brotzman | Jan 31, 2018

The idea of Solitude is one of those things that sounds great to most of us but can be nearly impossible to get a firm grasp upon. Solitude is defined as being in, “the state or situation of being alone.” For many of us, it means we have a chance to get away from all the craziness of life and relax. I have found however that it can also be a very difficult thing to simply be still and enjoy the presence of God. Solitude is so important for us as Christians because it is in stillness and silence that God speaks. It is through solitude that God brings us closer to him and we find the freedom to worship him without restraint. Solitude gives us the opportunity to truly humble ourselves and allow God to restore our souls. When we choose to enter into solitude and spend time in prayer with God, he is not expecting us to be perfect. He wants us to bring our naked souls before him and allow him to speak. We were not made for constant work or constant busyness; we were made to rest in the presence of God and enjoy Him through adoration and prayer. Throughout the Bible, we see God call his people to the act of quietness and adoration in many different ways. In 1 Kings 19:11-13 we read:
“So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I remember reading somewhere, probably in a devotional, “We do not need to create something extraordinary for God to show up.” Here we see that God chose not to speak to Elijah through the craziness and noise but rather in the whisper of a gentle wind. It takes more effort and focus to hear God when he speaks to us through the stillness. It also puts into perspective the idea that God doesn’t want us to approach him with everything perfect and put together. Sabbath Rest For The Weary For the past couple months, my husband and I have been observing the Sabbath every week. It has been a great time for us to focus on rest and to work through what God intended when He created the world, people, and the Sabbath for human enjoyment. Most of the time, it works out that we observe it on Sunday but occasionally we need to adjust the day. It has been a process of ups and downs followed by giving ourselves tons of grace and patience as we stumble through the process of resting for one day of the week. Living in today’s society causes us to sometimes feel as if we need to be constantly on the go and if we aren’t then we are failing. We have had to struggle through the feeling of not doing enough because we are resting; then we struggle with doing too much and not resting. Throughout this process, we have also been reading the book “Prayer” by Tim Keller. The overall theme of the book is that Prayer is simply the recognition of the greatness of God. Prayer is God’s way of bringing us into intimacy with Him and ushering us into that quiet place. It changes us because it gives us the space to understand who God really is. We can see God more clearly and by seeing God more clearly we can then worship Him as He deserves. I don’t think prayer was made for God, it was made for us. I have sometimes thought to myself that I wasn’t good enough to pray or call on God. I somehow needed to have everything together first before I took the time to call on him and reach out. What a lie. God doesn’t want my eloquent words or my perfect outfit. He wants me even if the only word I can utter is “Help.” He wants me in my sweatpants with my baggy t-shirt and my messy bun. Prayer is about coming to God and allowing him to speak to us instead of us speaking to Him. In the New Testament, we see Jesus approaching God in a manner of solitude and silence. Jesus understood that prayer and the silence it brings is where God speaks. It wasn’t always easy for Jesus to approach God. One time He even prayed so hard that blood was pouring out of the pores on his skin! But you know what I think is the most important part of that entire story, God showed up! God was there in the silence, in the crying out, in the agony. God was there providing exactly what Jesus needed. Jesus didn’t need to put on airs or be perfect, he needed to just be. When we allow ourselves the time and space to rest in God’s presence, God shows up. He can rejuvenate your soul and restore the fire in your heart not only for Him but for those around you as well. ___________________________

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