“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35).
For a steady spiritual strength to be maintained with God, it is needful for the believer to create a time of regular fellowship with God. This is a period the believer spends before God in solitude for spiritual encouragement and nourishment. It could be a pattern of life of the believer “I made haste, and delay not to keep thy commandments” (Psalm 119:60).
BASIC LESSONS FROM THE WAYWORD
Exodus 32:1-6; Isaiah 5:11; Acts 10:1-2; Philippians 3:6; Galatians 1:13; Matthew 23:15; Acts 26:11
Zeal, faithfulness and relentless effort are all manifested in the sinners in the pursuit of their interest. They are ready to sacrifice anything – time, money, pleasure, sleep and comfort for the cause of everything they are committed to. This is a challenge to us as God’s children. We need discipline if we are to be regular in observing our quiet time daily.
BENEFICIAL EXAMPLES FORM BIBLE CHARACTERS
Genesis 28:16-18; 1Samuel 1:12-19; Psalm 57:8; Mark 1:35; Psalm 5:3; 55:17; Luke 2:36-37; 1Thessalonians 3:10
Nothing should be allowed to hinder our fellowship with God – weariness, problem or joyful situation. It is a spiritual exercise needed for both the young and believers.
BIBLICAL ADMONITION FOR THE BELIEVERS
“Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments”
What to do –
(1) Rise up early
(2) Get a bible with reference to link you from one passage to the other
(3) Be expecting to receive from God.
B. How to do it –
(1) Pray and bless the Lord
(2) Render some hymns to praise Him
(3) Study the scriptures and meditate on it
(4) Note down what God has taught you
(5) Pray the message in
C. Where to do it – Mark 1:35
(1) In solitude
(2) In a quiet place
BEFITTING BENEFIT FOR THE BELIEVERS
(1) It give victory in temptation – Romans 8:35-37; Matthew 4:1-4
(2) It bring joy into the heart – John 15:11
(3) It gives an opportunity for self examination - 2Corinthians 13:5
(4) It nourishes the soul – 1Peter 2:2
(5) It brings God’s favour – Matthew 3:17
(6) It helps the believer to maintain regular fellowship with God – 1John 1:3
(7) It keeps one on the path of life – Psalm 119:9, 11
Observing quiet time is a sign of trust and dependence on God. God honour such attitude and spiritual blessings follow the obedient.