There is great value in “coming away” out of the press and rush and push of life, to a place where you can slow down, think, pray and most importantly… LISTEN. God is not an idol on a shelf to be talked and babbled at with a laundry list of “I NEED” (most of which we think we need but we can really do without). He is a living breathing person of great power authority passion and ability to bestow upon us all we truly need and more. He is also a communicator. Yes He knows we have out “laundry list” and at times in our lives we are so pressed that all we can do is keep “hammering on the nail of need” or Asking Seeking Knocking which can become shouting for help, hunting down, and pounding at doors. But the thing that gives Him the most pleasure is to be able to talk back. He wants we should come to a place of listening and to do that we mostly need to COME ASIDE ALONE.
Mat_14:23 And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.
Mar 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Mar_6:46 And after he had taken leave of them, he departed into the mountain to pray.
Luk 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Luk_6:12 And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God.
Joh_6:15 Jesus therefore perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain himself alone.
Now oddly enough there are no more real examples of this but if Jesus felt it needful to GO ALONE to PRAY and He is our Savior Lord Master Teacher etc, then who are we to not do likewise. In fact it is a hallmark that most great leaders went alone to either pray of think before they took on daunting tasks. Sometimes it is not practical for a mother with her children around her to truly “come away” and I should think that this is why the lamp of the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31 did not exactly go out by night. That may have been when she came alone. One needs to think and pray about tasks they need to do or plans they need to make. Burdens that are born can be cast on God in the “alone time” and long sought for answers or solutions if we listen when we come alone, can be provided.
In this place the open bible and such and perhaps a journal even can be a great way to “listen”.
In this place of attentiveness and worship to God there is healing and restoration of the soul and spirit.
Coming alone unto God makes us, as leaders in life, better suited to be stable encouragement for those who look to us for needs and or inspiration.