Pastor Philippe Yameogo presents a lesson designed to show the importance of following the example of Jesus in spending time alone with God. “If Jesus spent time alone with God, how much more should you and I?” Pastor Philippe asked.
It’s About Life
Alone with God
“Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.” Matthew 14:13
“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,”Matthew 14:22-23
“Alone with God”
Brothers and sisters, we learn from the Gospels that it is important to take Time to be alone with God. It is so important to the point that Jesus himself gives us his own exemple.
Very often, we see Jesus alone with God. The following verses are there to testify that necessity.
Mark 1:35 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed”
– Mark 6:47 “And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.”
– Luke 5:16 “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
– Luke 6:12 “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.”
– Luke 9:18 “ Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him.”
– Luke 10:41 “ And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed”
“Alone with God”
Why is it so important to take time to be alone with God?
1) It allows us to see the Majesty of God, his greatness, his holyness. Isaiah 6: 1- 4
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. ”
2) It helps us to know ourselves, to discover our true condition. Isaiah 6: 5
“ And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
3) It gives God the opportunity to sanctify us from sin. Isaiah 6: 6-7
“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
4) It enables us to hear the voice of God: Isaiah 6: 8; 1 Samuel 3: 1 to 14
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
5) It qualifies us for the service of God, for the ministry and for mission. Isaiah 6: 8b
“Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
“Alone with God”
To be a strong Christian, a Christian useful in the hands of God, to be a Christian that impacts his generation, who can reject the compromise of this world, a child of God who stands firm in his faith and that is sure to complete the race, we must necessarily take time to be “alone with God.”
Jesus submitted to this exercise. We must submit to this exercise if we are to be like Jesus, if we want the crown of life.
Take time to be alone with God allows us to know God, to know ourselves, to confess our sins and receive forgiveness from God, to hear God’s voice and equips us to serve God, to step into missions. Take time to be alone with God nourishes our relationship with God equips us for the ministry, and produces in us the image of God.
GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!