This blog post comprises the words of devotion #59 of my new book, “Transforming Moments with God”:
We should safeguard our prayer time and our time of studying the Word of God. Through these, we experience intimate fellowship with God. This time of communing with Him should occur every day because that’s how often we need His divine input into our lives. It pleases the Lord when we establish a place, say in our home, whereby we frequent His presence.
When God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle, He mandated a place for meeting with Him. “And there I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony…,” He said (Exodus 25:22).
This requirement was not driven by limited mobility on the part of God. He is omnipresent. But this place at which He would commune with the priests became sanctified. Similarly, when we establish a place for meeting God, we are making a powerful statement. For one thing, it suggests that we value our time with Him.
This is not a call to legalism. We can and should be prayerful throughout our day. We don’t have to resort to a particular place, as if God can hear us only from there. On the other hand, where a man’s treasure is, there will his heart be also. When we seek His face, we must give Him our total attention. This is our moment to experience His presence. We need a place whereby we can leave this world as much as we can.
God honors such zeal for Him. It goes against the current grain of this society. We have become so casual with God because many people today want to experience Him on the fly. The church of today has gone quite far to accommodate this societal demand. But in the process of being flexible, we must never lose sight of the holiness of God. He will never succumb to the times. Casual worshippers will not experience spiritual intimacy with Him. They can get there only by loving Him with everything that is within them.
Jesus is our example. He understood the power of getting away from it all, and spending solitary time with God. Sometimes, He sent the multitudes away to be alone with the Father. At other times, He spent the whole night in prayer with God. This time with the Father was not at the expense of the vital work Jesus had come to do; rather, it was essential to its success. As He was in the world of His day, so let us be in our world today.
Meditational thought: Your most important meeting today is with God