Let us who cannot be alone beware of community … let him who is not in community beware of being alone … Each by itself has profound pitfalls and perils. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation, and despair. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Solitude – Getting AWAY from everything to be ALONE with God
If you want to FOLLOW Jesus, you have to get ALONE with Jesus
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.
And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,
and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour.
“Work, work from early until late. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” -Martin Luther
And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also,
for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee,
preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
3 Tools to Help You Get Alone with Jesus
- What can you remember about the time your parents gave you the keys to the car? What did they say? How did you feel? Can you remember where you went?
- Take some time to invite the leadership of God into your group as you discuss the topic of solitude.
- Read Mark 1:35-39 together as a group.
- What do you like about this passage? What do you find confusing or challenging?
- Which aspect of your relationship with God is stronger? The public and community aspect of your relationship with God or the private and personal aspect? Explain.
- What are some obstacles, difficulties, or successes have you experienced with solitude? What are some tools that have helped you experience God in times of solitude?
- Set a realistic goal of how you will practice solitude this week. Share with the group so they can encourage you.
- Take some time to pray for each person to experience God in a meaningful way through solitude this week.