Posted by Jerry White on Jan 31, 2011
“The life around us is preeminently one of hurry and haste. Years are crowded into months and weeks into days. This feverish pace threatens the spiritual life. The rushing stream has already entered our churches and stirred their quiet pools. Meetings crowd on meetings. The same energetic people are found at them all and engaged in many good works besides.
We must make time to be alone with God. The closet and the shut door are indispensable. We must escape the din of the world to become accustomed to the accents of the still, small voice. Like David, we must sit before the Lord. Sit, wait, listen, be still. Only during such moments will the best spiritual gifts loom on our vision and we will have grace to receive them. It is impossible to rush into God’s presence, catch up anything we fancy, and run off with it. To attempt this will end in mere delusion and disappointment. God’s best cannot be ours apart from patient waiting in His holy presence.”
The Best of F. B. Meyer, 78
“When asked what his plans were for the next day, Martin Luther replied, ‘Work, work from early until late. In fact, I have so much to be done that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.’”
Magnificent Prayer, 53
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Mark 1:35 (ESV)
Those who thirst for the Lord find adequate time to be alone with Him because they cannot live without Him.