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The Power of the Solitary Place

In my last post, we saw how Jesus ministered to the crowds no matter when or where the Holy Spirit was leading.  How was He able to operate on this level?  Is it something that I can tap into?

I believe that Jesus is the example of how we should approach the ministry.  We need to see how He prepared Himself for the days ahead of Him.

The Lord Jesus was God in the flesh; yes, but He limited Himself to operating as a man led by the Holy Spirit.  Christ didn’t operate in a vacuum.  He didn’t do anything that the Holy Spirit hadn’t shown Him.  The next question that arises in my heart is this; how did He hear from the Spirit?

Obviously, the Lord didn’t just decide “on the fly” what He was going to do.  He had to go to the Father first, and then see what was coming up in His ministry.

Only then was the Lord prepared for the work He was about to do that day or that week.  If I can get a handle on this aspect of His ministry, then it can revolutionize mine.  The fact is, the Scripture is clear as to how He saw the Holy Spirit working.

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.  Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also.  That is why I have come.”  So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Mark 1:35-39

Many times Jesus would leave a house to find a solitary place to pray.  Most of the time, He would leave while it was still dark.  I’m sure that He didn’t even tell anyone He was leaving.  It must have been much later when the disciples started their search.

He was there alone in the presence of the Father – away from the crowds and the demands of the ministry.  This is what Jesus felt He needed to do to clearly hear the voice of the Spirit.

How do I know this?  It’s clear from the passage.  When the disciples arrived, they were upset that they had to go looking for Him.

Notice that He ignored their statements.  Instead, He simply said, “I know where we’re going next and what we’re going to do when we get there.”  How did He suddenly know this?  He heard from the Spirit.

So clear was the knowledge of the Father that many miracles were performed on the ministry trip they took.  Even a leper with little faith was healed.

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
Mark 1:40-42

There are ministers today who would handle this situation very differently.  If someone were to state, “If God wills,” they’d send him back to his seat until he could “believe God for his healing”.  Instead, Christ healed the man regardless of his small faith.  What made the difference?  Jesus had, by the Spirit, seen the Father accomplish it already.

Do you need to know the next step in your life?  If Jesus needed to seek God in that way, I assume that the same has to be true for us.  We desperately need a Word from the Father to complete our task.

Find that solitary place today.  Go before the Lord in the stillness that surrounds you and open up your soul to Him.  Spend some time just listening for His still, small voice to your heart.  Then answer the call in obedience to His will.

Question: Where is your solitary place?

© 2017 Nick Zaccardi

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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Ministry, Prayer, Revival, Spiritual Walk

 

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Getting Away

Mark 1:35-39
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.  Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also.  That is why I have come.”  So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Many times Jesus would leave a house to find a solitary place to pray.  Most of the time He would leave while it was still dark.  I’m sure that He didn’t even tell anyone He was leaving.  It must have been much later when the disciples started their search.

When the disciples finally caught up with Him they rebuked Him for “getting lost.”  It is amazing to me that in reply Jesus ignores their complaints and simply tells them what He had heard from the Father – the next step in their ministry to Israel.

Do you need to know the next step in your life?  If Jesus needed to seek God in that way, I assume that the same has to be true for us.  We desperately need a Word from the Father to complete our task.

Find that peaceful place today.  Go before the Lord in the stillness that surrounds you and open up your soul to Him.  Spend some time just listening for His still, small voice to your heart.  Then answer the call in obedience to His will.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Walking Like Jesus

I John 2:6
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

This is one of the toughest assignments we could ever have been given.  It could take someone his whole life just to get started.  Fear, pride and other things will keep some from accepting the gift of salvation until they are much older.  Personally, I’m glad I accepted Christ at a young age.

In this verse, however, John is not talking about our initial conversion to Christ, but rather our ongoing walk with Him.  There are many aspects of this walk that I have heard people talk about.  Loving one another, sharing the good news, and praying for the sick are just a few.

From what I’ve seen there is a major part of Jesus’ life that most Christians never even hear about, let alone imitate.  I am talking about the many times that Jesus went to a solitary place just to be alone with the Father.  It was during these times that He received the strength and guidance needed to fulfill His public ministry.

So, in my opinion, if Jesus needed this in His life, if He felt He couldn’t complete His call without it, then who am I to think I can get by without these private times in the Lord’s presence.  That is why I put together these devotions.  I want as many believers as are able, to experience this incredible meeting of them and God in that secret place.

Spend time in the Father’s presence today.  Find there what your soul needs to carry on.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Jesus Gets Away

Luke 4:42-44
At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.  But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”  And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Very frequently Jesus went off alone into the wilderness.  Usually He would go to pray and to meditate on the Word while seeking the Father’s will for the days ahead.  Many times He wouldn’t even tell His disciples where He was going.  This caused the people and His disciples to become annoyed on more than one occasion.

Most people don’t understand the power of solitude.  When you are alone you can see the way ahead more clearly.  Walking in the Spirit is a lot more efficient than the trial and error method most Christians use.  “I’ll try going forward, if the door closes I’ll try another direction.”  You usually only end up with a sore nose.

When you spend quality time with the Lord seeking His will for your life, you don’t have to waste your time on all these dead end paths that lead nowhere.  Jesus knew where He was going before He was surrounded by the crowds of people.  They couldn’t sway Him from His path by their persuasive arguments.  It is that level of guidance you should be seeking from God.

Open your heart up to the Lord in solitary, quiet places.  Let Him show you His plan for your life.  Then you can walk in confidence before Him.

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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