HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day” (Genesis 32:24).
Left alone! What different sensations those words conjure up to each of us. To some, they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet. To be left alone without God would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven! If His followers spent more time alone with Him, we should have spiritual giants again. When a child is left alone when asleep is different from when awake. And should something happens the child will cry for help. It is no ordinary cry, but something in the voice is calling for urgent attention.
The Master set us an example. Note how often He went to be alone with God; and He had a mighty purpose behind the command, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray.”
The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God.
- It was alone with God that Jacob became a prince; and just there that we, too, may become princes–“men (aye, and women princess too!) wondered at” (Zechariah 3:8).
- Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him. (Joshua 1:1)
- Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel. (Judges 6:11 and 11:29)
- Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush. (Exodus 3:1-5)
- Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him. (Acts 10:2)
- No one was with Peter on the housetop, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9)
- John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness (Luke 1:90),
- John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God. (Revelation 1:9)
Where were you when God appears to you or when you heard the still small voice with the message of hope?
Were you alone in some secret place waiting in the presence of Almighty God?
Covet to get alone with God. If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves but for others too, of blessing, since when we are blessed we are able to pass on the blessing to others. It may mean less outside work; it must mean more depth and power, and the consequence, too, will be “they saw no man save Jesus only.”
To be alone with God in prayer cannot be over-emphasized.
“If chosen men had never been alone, In deepest silence open-doored to God, No greatness ever had been dreamed or done.”
When God has a message for you he will set you aside for that purpose, because He wants to meet you alone. He wants to have that communication alone with you. It is a time of secret revealing and only one person will get that message. Others may doubt it but if the message is in line with the word of God there will be no doubt in your mind and heart that you heard from heaven. It is not every vision you tell your pastor or Bishop. Sometimes when they finished with the interpretation you feel useless. Be very careful who you tell your visions and dreams.