Monday, November 26, 2007

Going Deeper

Deeper Still

“Might we not set ourselves to learn silence, stillness, solitude? It will not be easy to come by. It must be arranged. The Lord Jesus, available to people much of the time, left them, sometimes a great while before day, to go up to the hills. He could commune in solitude with His Father. Job, enduring his friends’ tiresome lectures and accusations, was very much alone in the ash heap, but it was there that he came to know God as never before. When Paul received God’s call to preach the gospel he did not consult anyone. He went into Arabia. The old apostle John, when exiled to Patmos, must sure have known a holy aloneness through which he receive the book of Revelation.” Elisabeth Elliot

Recently I finished writing a book called Deeper Still: Secrets to a Deeper Prayer Life. As I wrestled with what to call this book, after finally deciding a title God gave me several confirmations that this was His choice. Within a very short time I saw the words “deep”, “deeper”, and “deeper still” several times - a street name, a magazine title, a song on a CD, an article title, and many other places! God was showing me that depth is very important to Him and to all of us as we learn the lessons of prayer. The great Biblical characters like Job, Paul, John, and even Jesus had to learn this lesson. God wants to take each one of us deeper still, deeper than we have ever been before. And this requires times of aloneness.

Going deeper in prayer is not always fun. Actually it can be quite difficult, especially when we don’t know what God is doing. We have to give extravagant time to God. We have to close out the noisy world around us and be alone. When I wrote this book, God was wooing me on to a deeper prayer life. I thought to myself, “Haven’t I gone deep enough?” “Do You still want me to go deeper?” He indicated to me that this is what He wanted for me. The difficulties of the end-times require it. You may wonder, “Lord, isn’t it about time that I take action?” But you may not realize the strength that is needed at the foundation of your life in order to stay consistently strong in hard times. Your foundation has to be strong so that no attack from the enemy can penetrate your firm trust in the Lord.

The word “deep” in Webster’s Dictionary means “extending far below the surface, descending far downward, profound, opposed to shallow, piercing a great way, not superficial or obvious, hidden, secret, heartfelt, intricate.” God wants to take us far below the surface in our relationship with Him. Our relationship must not be superficial, but heartfelt, secret, and of great depth. The quality of our aloneness with Him can actually enhance the quality of our time with others. Let’s not get too busy with other things as this Christmas season begins. Let’s cultivate that deep, alone time with God and make it a holy aloneness. Let’s make that relationship of prime importance because this is what Christmas is all about. Someone once told my husband and me, “God is taking you deeper and working intricately with your life so that you can work intricately with the lives of others.”

As God calls many of you to go deeper, I recommend that you do the following:

· Thank Him for what He is doing in you - Live a life of thanksgiving. Choosing to go deeper with God will pay off in the end. Thanksgiving brings contentment.

· Refuse to listen to the devil - He wants you to be shallow so that you will fall in the end times just as those shallow trees fell in the hurricane. Listen to God when He is calling you deeper.

· Be patient and don’t complain - Watch your speech, and guard it carefully. Be one who speaks positive words that bring joy during this time of year.

· Be content with where you are - Thank Him for the depth He is developing in your life through your present circumstances. Let Him work intricately with your life.

· Cultivate holy aloneness with God every day - Plan it in your schedule. Sacrifice in order to give God your time. Make this Christmas season a time where Jesus is central in all that you do.

Your depth with God now is of utmost importance to Him. He knows what is needed. He is working intricately with your life. He knows how strong the winds will be howling in the end-times. He is very purposeful in what He is developing in your life right now. The devil will say it is not important: “Eat, drink and be merry. Nothing will happen. Just live for today.” But God is developing this holy aloneness with Himself for a purpose. Every day of “root building” is beneficial. When you are building depth, often you can’t see anything happening on the surface. It can even feel that all is dead and lifeless, but actually the opposite is true - sustainable life is being built deep down where it really counts. Realize that your root development will one day pay off. Let His song be with you even during the night season.

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me - a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:7-8

Together in the Harvest,

Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise

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