Jesus Teaches Us: Get Alone and Pray
By Rick Warren
— March 29, 2011
"This was a habit with Jesus and it needs to become a habit in your life."
“I will climb up into my watchtower…” Habakkuk 2:1 (NLT)
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If we want to fulfill God’s vision for our lives, we must continually hear from God. We must believe that hearing from God daily is a requirement for us as we move forward toward our destiny. It is not just a nice add-on to our lives; it is a necessity for fulfilling our destiny.
The Prophet Habakkuk says, “I will climb into my watchtower ….” This is his way of saying; ‘I'm going to get alone with God.’
It doesn’t matter where you get alone with God. You just need to find a place. I happen to like outside. When my kids were growing up, I actually built a little Prayer Garden down on the slope behind my house where I could get away and pray and focus on God.
You need to have a place that's quiet, a place where you habitually go every time you meet with God. Make it special and specific.
The Bible says, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16 NIV) This was a habit with Jesus and it needs to become a habit in your life. What I'm teaching you is not something you are going to do one time. It's something you need to do every day the rest of your life. If you want to get God's vision for your life and hear God's voice, you need to meet with him daily.
This means you take the phone off the hook and you remove as many distractions as possible. Jesus says, “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Matthew 6:6 Msg)
Here’s the thing - You are not waiting on God, he's waiting on you. God wants to meet with you. He wants you to know him as well as he knows you. If you don't understand this, you are rarely going to go to God for guidance. There is nothing in your life that God is not interested in: “Don’t worry about what you will eat … or drink … or wear. Your heavenly Father knows that you need (these things).” (Matthew 6:31-32)
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