A couple of weeks ago I wrote on “The Wilderness”. How it can be a place of desolation, confusion, and frustration. The wilderness is described in different ways in scripture. Today, I want to write about the wilderness in a different light. When you read the scripture below one can clearly deduce that “The Wilderness” is a must in every believer’s life.
But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
In the context of this scripture, I would define the wilderness as that special place where you seem to connect with Jesus the best. It’s that place where you can clear your mind, rest, and seek God. If Jesus had to do it we should too. Jesus worked hard during his time on earth. He was highly sought out because people desired to be healed. He had a responsibility to seek and save that which was lost. We have that same responsibility as Christ-followers. God wants us to bring life and healing to others. That is hard to do at times. That is hard to do consistently. Thus it is imperative that we consistently be filled up with the presence of the Holy Spirit.
If you want to become spiritually mature you must find your wilderness and withdraw to it on a consistent basis. You must learn to quiet your mind and meditate on the word and ways of God. In solitude we learn to hone the ability to hear the voice of God. In solitude we must be conscientious and apply greater focus in our pursuit of our King.
Pursuit. Presence. Power.
The pursuit of God leads to experiencing the presence of Jesus. The presence of Jesus has a transformative effect on us and gives us the power to be molded into His image. We must be meticulous about our pursuit of God. It must not be done lightly. As we pursue Him, we are promised that His glorious presence will be experienced. In His presence you draw strength courage, and insight to do His will. When the presence of Jesus is in your circumference there will be abundance.
Where is your wilderness? Where is your place to get away and be alone with Jesus? What does your quiet time look like? Do you find yourself full after this time? You need to withdraw to the wilderness to receive direction in your decision making. Withdrawing to the wilderness will equip you for the onslaught of challenges we face as believers. This is the reason The Young Professionals embark on monthly prayer walks in various parks in Jacksonville. Walking the trails and praying teaches people of the importance to get up, get out, and experience God’s presence in the beauty of His creation. Find your wilderness.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.