One Wednesday night on my way to attend a mid-week church service, I sensed a strong drawing to be alone with Jesus. I was early so slipped into the prayer room. Alone on my knees, I simply quietly enjoyed His presence. Soon I heard singing, and I began thinking that I should join the others. While trying to decide if I should leave the prayer room, I heard the Spirit say, "I want you to Myself."
There are times that Jesus wants us to be alone with Him. Three times in Solomon's Song of Songs (2:7; 3:7) these words "Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires" are spoken. Each time they are in the context of the maiden delighting in the presence of her Lover. John Wesley explained the meaning of this phrase with these words: "Do not disturb nor offend Him." We may be tempted to not linger in His presence but to get on with business as usual.
Our less-than-enthusiastic affections may cause the same effect as when the multitude asked Jesus to depart: "So he got into the boat and left" (Luke 8:37). Instead, let's ask Jesus to draw us to Himself, and then take time to be alone with Him.
Dear Jesus, teach me the joy of having communion with You. Help me to never seek to never quench Your Spirit.
"Come near to God and he will come near to you" (James 4:8).
Memory Verse for March
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8).