Luke 5:16 (NKJV)
16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Jesus (who was perfect) OFTEN had to get away from everybody to pray! Mostly, He did this after He had spent the entire day in ministry. He only did the work of the Father and achieved each assignment without sin and with victory every time, but yet He still needed to get away. How much more do we need to spend time alone with God to regain strength for more?
I remember one time, my husband and I had a disagreement. God shut my mouth. I kept quiet and let God intervene. The next day, he came to me to thank me for leaving him alone without arguing. He needed that time to pray and seek God for understanding. That doesn’t mean that I was right, but it allowed us to both look at the situation peacefully.
Just because we are married, that doesn’t mean that we have to spend all of our moments together. We all need to get away from the multitudes at some time. As we search for our new home both of us desire a place to get into solitude. He wants a “man cave” and I want a prayer room, but what we are both really seeking is a place to detox from the world and seal our edges that got frayed from our day so that when we come together we can be perfectly sealed by love.
Mark 1:35 (NKJV)
35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
Matthew 14:23 (NKJV)
23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
There is no religious set time to get away. We have to go when we know that we need it! When we feel our frustrations elevating and we are no longer responding in love, then it is time to get away. The important thing is that we pray while we are away and that we don’t stay away for too long. God wants our marriages to have balance. He wants to stitch us beautifully together that when people gaze at the finished work they will only see God’s glorious masterpiece!
Father, we thank You that our marriage is a glorious masterpiece of Your love. Forgive us for not getting before You to seal the edges of our imperfections with prayer. We want to have a secret place to get before you and abide in Your shadow of protection where there is healing and deliverance. We want to be knitted perfectly in love to our spouse without frays and holes. Let the Holy Spirit lead us to our place of solitude when we need to get away to seek You. Let our love for one another reflect the love that You have for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.