Thursday, December 1, 2016

get alone with God

Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Earlier this week I had the honor of preaching at the funeral of a lady who had been attending our church for several months.  Her name was Ellen Kanode.  She had intrigued me with the conversations we have through these months, and it was obvious that she was a woman of pray.

What I have come to know now is this precious lady spent her life from the day she accepted Jesus helping others see and pursue Christ.  It has been incredible to listen to the people she taught to pray and to live the Christian life.  She was a nurse and spent much time on the mission field in various places ministering to people who would be tagged as forgotten by the world.

One f the characteristics that I saw in her life and have now learned so much more was about her dedication to pray.  I now know that Ellen prayed much for me during the months she attended The Community.

God reminds us often in Scripture to spend time in prayer.  Jesus exemplified this by getting alone many times just to talk with and listen to His Father.  We must do the same.  Some people have said that the reason we and our churches seem to be devoid of power is because is because we neglect time alone with God, time in prayer.

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God's Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”  Charles Haddon Spurgeon

May we find time to get alone with God and be changed by that time.

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