Matthew 14:23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone
In our busy world, one of the easiest disciplines to disregard is solitude. We can become so busy or so immersed in this life that it’s actually uncomfortable to be alone in a quiet place. We may feel like we’re wasting time or that there’s something else we should be doing.
We must not forego silent communion with God. It’s in this time that we really hear from Him in our souls. God admonishes us to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) and in this quiet He speaks.
Quiet time with God is not the time to plan out the day’s events or necessarily the time to reflect on past events. It’s a time to speak to God, but minimally. When we get alone with the Lord to spend time with Him, it’s mostly a time to listen.
We can hear from Him in a number of ways. The Lord speaks to us through His Word, the Bible, He can speak to us through the Holy Spirit, or through a still, small voice, just to name a few methods.
The important thing is that we are listening and receptive. He is knocking on our door, ready to come in and communicate, if we will just take time to let Him in.
John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
What is worship? Is it simply a time of singing on Sunday morning? Does it always involve music?Can one worship on their own, outside of church?
To be sure, God requires our worship (Matthew 4:10). He wants our full devotion, our admiration, our time. We all worship something. We worship wherever we spend a significant amount of time, money, or affection. Anything can easily become an idol, but God is clear that we are to worship Him alone (Exodus 20:3).
So how are we to worship the Lord? We are to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength (Mark 12:30 and parallels). In other words, we’re to love God with everything we have. We must give Him priority in our time, our finances, our relationships, our activities, our thoughts, our affections, and so on.
Worship is required on more than just Sunday morning. It is a full time task for the disciple. To worship God is to focus on Him and to acknowledge His worth, to honor Him. God is spirit, and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Worship in spirit takes place from the inside out. It is sincere, not done for show. To worship in truth is to praise God for who He truly is, not as how we might like Him to be.