In this blog, we share an excerpt from Martha Mire’s memoir, a precious saint, soul winner, and resilient Christian. Her resilient spirit led us to share her words of encouragement about finding time to be alone with God.
Alone with God
Left alone! What different emotions these words bring to mind for each of us. To some they mean loneliness and grief, but to others they mean rest and quiet. To be left alone without God would be too horrible for words, while being left alone with Him is a taste of Heaven.If the followers of Jesus today spent more time with Him, they would become the spiritual giants He desires. Click To Tweet
If the followers of Jesus today spent more time with Him, they would become the spiritual giants He desires. Our master set an example for us.
[B]eing left alone with Him is a taste of Heaven.
Remember how often Scripture reveals Jesus went to be alone with God? There is a powerful purpose behind His command: “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:6).
The greatest miracles by both Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. Jacob was alone with God when he became a prince (Genesis 32:28). In the same way, we too may become royalty and become people who are “wondered at” (Zechariah 3:8). Joshua was alone when God called him to lead His people through many battles while defeating thirty-one kings on their journey to the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1–5:15). It could very well be that you too are being called to defeat many foes as you journey forth!
It could very well be that you too are being called to defeat many foes as you journey forth!
Both Gideon (Judges 6:11) and Jephthah (Judges 11:29) were each by themselves when commissioned by God to save His people Israel.
Moses was by himself at the burning bush when God revealed His plan to deliver His people through him (Exodus 3:1–10).
Cornelius, the Roman centurion, was fasting and praying while by himself when an angel of God came to instruct him to send for Peter (Acts 10:1–6).
No one was with Peter on the housetop in Joppa as he was praying, and in a vision God instructed him to go to the Gentiles (Acts 10:9–17).
John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness and grew in God until he was made known to Israel (Luke 1:80).
The apostle John was alone on the isle of Patmos when he received visions and instructions to write the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1:1–10).
Words of Encouragement
I want to encourage and counsel you to earnestly seek the Lord and to desire to be alone with Him. If we neglect to do so, we not only rob ourselves of a blessing, but we rob others as well, since we will have no other blessing to pass on to them. There are times when our work for the Lord is not outwardly visible, but He sees it all. God blesses our deeds to have depth and power so others will be drawn to Him. Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
About Martha Mire: Martha’s earliest memories were hearing her mother travail in prayer for her brothers scattered across the globe, fighting in the war. After going through difficult times as an adult, she realized that she had survived one hundred percent of her worst days, and rather than being destroyed, she became stronger. Throughout our earthly journey, we should keep in mind that it doesn’t get easier, but we get stronger. Many have wondered and some have even commented on her ever-present smile. She says, “You know, a smile is free, and it lightens the load of all who see it. And it’s a happiness that’s found right under your nose.”
Resources and Links
For more inspirational devotions, see Joy Haney’s Diamonds for Dusty Roads.