1. A Biblical Practice

 

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights. Exodus 24:15-18 (NIV)

 

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” He sent both the seeking multitudes and His disciples away so He could be alone with the Father. Matthew 14:23

 

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:15-16 (NIV)

 

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles. Luke 6:12-13 (NIV)

 

2. The Purpose in Practice

 

A. To Quiet our Hearts

 

Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2 (NLT)

 

When we quiet our hearts in Solitude, we are relinquishing control to God.

 

B. Wait on the Lord

 

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord; more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV)

 

C. The Revelation

 

But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him. Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)

 

3. Practice of Solitude

 

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)

 

A. Little Solitudes

 

B. The Routine of…

 

C. The Scheduled Event

 

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” Psalm 27:8 (NASB)