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The Place of Prayer

by Ben Cerullo

If you’ve ever wondered how the fervor of your spiritual life can be sustained, the answer is found in Jesus’ example. Stepping away from the chaos and busyness of the crowds, the Master went up on a mountain to pray alone.

In contrast, most of us are continually on the run, pushing to keep up, always having something else to get done. But Jesus showed us that our spiritual life must be renewed day by day through prayerful, intimate fellowship with our Heavenly Father.

As a father of two young children, juggling ministry, family responsibilities, and hobbies, I know there never seems to be enough time, money, or breaks from life’s pressures. Yet in the midst of all the turmoil and noise of our lives, God is whispering to us, Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Can you hear His call? Have you even stopped to listen? Do you have the comfort of knowing He is with you, right now?

God wants to be your truest friend. He longs to spend time with you. But He is asking you to quiet yourself, sit at His feet, and listen to Him (Luke 10:39-42).

Solitude

You need to get alone with God today. Remove the distractions and turn off all the noise around you, listening only for the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord waits for you to share your dreams, concerns, and fears with Him. In His presence is fulfillment and freedom like you’ve never known before. He is not far off, but right there waiting to meet your deepest needs.

So get alone and quiet your soul, for it is in solitude with God that you will learn to depend on Him alone. As you meditate on Him and open His ageless Book, you will hear His gentle words of affirmation and instruction. His truths will no longer be mere head knowledge, for they will be written on your heart.

Gaining New Strength

God will pursue you relentlessly until He is the love of your life, because He knows He’s the answer to every need you have. As you tell Him of your joys and hopes and desires, you’ll receive back His answers on the questions that once paralyzed you with indecision. He will calm your fears, give you His perspective, and fill you with peace and rest—even when the world seems to be going crazy all around you.

In those quiet times, the Lord will comfort you in His loving arms and touch you with His grace. Your heart will become one with His as you wait on Him. You will gain new strength and soar above life’s storms like an eagle (Isaiah 40:31).

Your Good Shepherd has promised to lead you beside still waters, to give you rest in green pastures, and to restore your soul (Psalm 23). As you make an appointment to spend time alone with Him each day, He will make certain that nothing can separate you from His love. Even on the day of battle, you will have overwhelming victory (Romans 8:31-39).

God has opened wide the door to His throne room (Hebrews 4:16). Don’t let anything stop you from finding the place of prayer.

“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” – Matthew 14:22–23

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Ben Cerullo has been named by Charisma Magazine as one of the “30 Emerging Voices” who will lead the church in the next decade. His ministry carries a powerful anointing and prophetic message. Traveling extensively, both domestically and internationally, he has spoken in more than 27 nations. God continues to use him to reach people with the Gospel, confirming His Word with signs following.

 

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