Those of you who heard Paul Boekell’s sermon Sunday morning were well-served, as I was, by being reminded of the importance of getting alone with God. I thought I would post Paul’s quote from John Loftness’ book Disciplines of Life. These practical tips were a helpful application of the message.
I hope these tips help you to maximize your times of solitude and silence as you wait on the Lord.
1. Pick a place
for some it might be retreating to a cabin in the woods and for some it might just be looking yourself in a closet, but try to make sure that your location is as free as possible from distraction.
2. Schedule your time
Some of us more than others, but all of us to a certain degree will have to discipline ourselves in this. There may be sometimes when it is spontaneous, but try to plan a regular time of getting away, by yourself, to wait on the Lord. Maybe 30 minutes a day. Or an hour a week. Or 3 days a year or whatever… there is no formula. But, most likely, if you don’t plan for it… it won’t happen
3. Plan in advance
Sometimes you might be facing a huge decision and you need to take some extra time waiting in silence and solitude… sometimes you might just need a 10 minute walk in the park… but plan for your time of waiting, bring your bible, bring a book that pertains to the problems you are facing, set some goals… or if it is just a short time of solitude you might not need to plan as much.
4. Record Your Insights
take some paper with you and write down what God is teaching you and revealing to you… so you can go back to it when things get busy and noisy again.