Closer to God

Ben CerulloBy Ben Cerullo4 Minutes

If you’ve ever wondered how to keep your spiritual life fired up, the answer is found in Jesus’ example. Stepping away from the busy chaos of the crowds, the Master climbed 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 busy dad juggling ministry, business, and family responsibilities, and hobbies, I know there never seems to be enough time, money, or breaks from life’s pressures. Yet in the middle 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 best friend and spend time with you. He is asking you to quiet yourself, sit at His feet, and listen to Him (Luke 10:39-42).


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 are fulfillment and freedom like you’ve never known before. He is not far off but is right there waiting to meet your deepest needs.

So find a place to be alone, and quiet your soul, for it is in solitude with God that you will learn to depend on Him. As you meditate on His goodness and open His ageless Book, you will hear His powerful words of affirmation and instruction. His truths will no longer be mere head knowledge – 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, hopes, and desires, you’ll receive His answers to 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 the Lord 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 His love and mercy through prayer.