And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed - Mark 1:35 ESV
In my line of work, there are times that you have to take competency tests in order to be licensed. I remember the first time that I sat for one of those tests. I entered the testing room and provided my identification.
I was then seated at my own individual station with a computer that contained the exam. The last thing that I did was put on a set of headphones. The purpose of the headphones was to block out all noise and distractions so that you could focus on the task at hand.
It was amazing how my environment changed when I placed the headphones on. I could no longer hear any outside noise to distract me. I was able to concentrate on reading and answering the questions on the exam.
When we are faced with critical questions (like trying to discern our purpose in life), do we eliminate all distractions so that we can concentrate? Do we go somewhere quiet where we can focus in solitude? Or are we like most people and try to make important decisions or solve dilemmas in the midst of chaos?
The example that Christ practiced is one that I strongly urged for you to adopt. It has worked for me during those times that I have to answer important questions or make decisions. I go somewhere quiet where I can focus on listening to the voice of God guide me down the proper path.
If Christ successfully utilized this method, why don’t we? He knew the importance of getting away to a solitary place and being alone with the Father. It was so important, that our Savior made time for it every day and so should you.
The benefits of doing this are threefold: 1) It allows you to access the direction giving wisdom of God, 2) It helps to minimize those damaging wordly influences, and 3) It renews, soothes and elevates your mind to prepare you for the day ahead.
Adopting and incorporating this discipline on a daily basis is vital in helping you in making an impact on those around you. Every day, make time do get away (preferably in the morning before the world gains possession of our thoughts) and focus on what our Father has to say. You will be amazed at how your world will start to change.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.