February 8, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness to pray. (Luke 5:16)
We should be very thankful that Scripture records some of the private moments of Jesus’ inner life with the Father. We should feel encouraged that He felt the need to withdraw from the noise of the world to commune with the Father. While Jesus also tells us that “the Father always hears Him” (John 5:19) no matter what environment He is in, Jesus “often” chose to specifically go out alone to be with His Father.
We should follow His example. We do not have to find some desolate wilderness to go to, although that may be an extra bonus, but we need to have an “alone” place with God wherever we can create it. It is important to quiet the outside world and focus on our Father with undivided attention. Distractions diminish our ability to give our total attention to God.
We want to be able to relax with God and not feel rushed or just line up a list of requests to offer Him. Spending authentic time with God takes a certain kind of effort. We have to prioritize our relationship with God above all others. Most of all we have to want to be with Him! You can be sure that Jesus never saw these times of seeking God’s face as a duty, but as an absolute pleasure and necessity to His life. His connection with the Father was His life, and as “He did nothing but what He saw the Father doing,” His inward gaze was constantly toward the Father. He asks us to abide in Him because He abode (and evermore abides) with the Father. This is the spiritual life.
The world is noisy and not conducive to hearing the “still, small voice of God.” It isvital that we turn aside to seek God often. Cultivate a longing heart to be alone with God. As good and enjoyable and worthy the fellowship between believers is, it is strengthened by our alone time with God. We want to come to our fellowship meetings strong and full of God! Of course there will be times when we are drained and weak, and that is when the strength that other believers have gotten from their own time with God can encourage and undergird us. Remember that you are not primarily meant to ride on the breezes of another’s walk with God but to catch the headwinds of God and soar with Him yourself.
Be sure to retire to a lonely place and pray soon. It is life changing and life sustaining.
Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email