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Look at Me when I’m Speaking to You

BeamI live in the Boston area. Maybe you’ve heard what our weather’s been like lately. Last week we had two feet of snow and now they’re calling for another foot this week.

Needless to say, I’m ready for spring. I love to go out into the woods to hike and pray. It’s a great way to meet with the Lord.

Did you know that this was a large part of Jesus’ ministry?

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.
Luke 4:42-44

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 anyone where He was going. This caused the people and especially His disciples to become annoyed on more than one occasion.

Most people don’t understand the power of solitude with the Lord. When you’re alone in God’s presence, you can see the way ahead more clearly. This is because there are less distractions around you.

I’ve been driving in the car with friends and talked with them the whole way to where we were going. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just that those conversations aren’t very deep. I can talk and keep my eyes on the road if I don’t have to think very hard.

Intimate conversation, on the other hand, is very different. If what I’m saying is important, then I want you to make eye contact with me. I want to know that you’re giving me your full attention.

It’s the same with the Holy Spirit. We can pray and praise the Lord no matter what we’re doing throughout the day. That’s fine and it keeps our minds focused on Him.

But there comes a time when we need to enter a more intimate time with Christ – worship. This requires an undistracted heart. I’ve found that the outdoors provides just such an experience. It allows me to “make eye contact” with the Lord.

From the example of Christ, we see that walking in the Spirit is a lot more efficient than the trial and error method many Christians use.

“I’ll try going forward; if the door closes I’ll try another direction.”

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 crowd. Then they couldn’t sway Him from His path by their persuasive arguments. It’s that level of guidance you should be seeking from God.

If you’ve never tried it, spend some time with the Holy Spirit in the outdoors. Of course, you may have to wait until the weather breaks. Unless you’re like me and can’t wait. (I have a good pair of snowshoes!)

Find a nice solitary place that you can come undistracted into the Lord’s presence. You won’t be disappointed.

Question: Where do you go to seek God with no distractions?

© Nick Zaccardi 2015

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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Prayer, Times in the Wilderness, Worship

 

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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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The Water Walk – Part 1

Mark 6:45-47
Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.  After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.

As I read the Gospels, I find that Jesus loved the mountains.  He went there often to seek solitude and to pray.  I don’t think that the disciples ever realized the importance of this part of the Lord’s ministry until after the resurrection.

There were many times where the best thing for Him to do was to dismiss the crowds and to send away His disciples in order to be alone with the Father.  This was one of those times.  He had just ministered to thousands of people.  That can be very draining no matter who you are.

When the Lord took on flesh and blood, He chose to live as one of us.  Because of  this, Jesus was bound by the same physical limitations that we are.  He learned that you cannot just keep giving out to others.  You must also take something in that can recharge your own spiritual batteries.

It was in these mountains of prayer that Jesus was able to renew His Spirit.  He would seek the Father’s face and by the Spirit, hear the plan for the road ahead.  In that way He could fulfill the work He was called to do without burning Himself out doing it.

That needs to be a lesson for us.  If Jesus needed this time with the Father, how much more should we be seeking the presence of the Lord in our daily lives.  Take the time necessary today to renew and refresh yourself in the presence of the Lord.  You will be glad you did.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 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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The Garden of Prayer – Part 1

Matthew 26:36-38
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”  He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.  Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  Stay here and keep watch with me.”

This is the time in Jesus’ life that leads up to His betrayal and arrest.  He knew that the cross was before Him.  He came to earth knowing that He was to die for the sins of all people.

When it comes down to the hard choices, knowing your path and walking it out can be very different.  Now that the hour was at hand, the Lord needed the strength to see it through.  In order to receive what He needed from the Father, Jesus did what He always knew would bring Him an answer.  He spent time with God the Father in a private place, far away from any distractions.

This was not to be a time for crowds of people.  He even left most of His disciples at the entrance to the garden.  The only ones to stay with Him were Peter, James, and John.  He would spend the night agonizing over what was ahead.

Let this today be your garden of prayer.  God is waiting for you to cry out to Him.  Only the Lord can give you the strength you need for the road ahead.  Whether you know the dangers or not, let the peace of God rule in you this day.  Find your rest in His presence.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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