All relationships take time. A relationship with God, while unlike other relationships in many ways, still follows the rules of other relationships. The Bible is filled with comparisons to help us conceptualize our relationship with God. For example, Christ is depicted as the bridegroom, and the Church is depicted as the bride. … Such intimacy involves time spent alone with one another. Another relationship is that of father and child. Close parental relationships are those in which children and parents have special “alone time” together. Spending time alone with a loved one provides the opportunity to truly come to know that person. Spending time alone with God is no different. When we’re alone with God, we draw closer to Him and get to know Him in a different way than we do in group settings.

God desires “alone time” with us. He wants a personal relationship with us. He created us as individuals, “knitting” us in the womb.1 God knows the intimate details of our lives, such as the number of hairs on our heads.2 He knows the sparrows individually, and “you are worth more than many sparrows.”3 He invites us to come to Him and know Him.4  When we desire to know God intimately, we will seek Him early5 and spend time with Him. We will be like Mary, sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to His voice.6 We will hunger and thirst for righteousness, and we will be filled.7

In the Old Testament, we see God call prophets to come to Him alone. Moses met with God alone at the burning bush and then on Mt. Sinai. David, whose many psalms reflect a confident familiarity with God, communed with Him while on the run from Saul.8 God’s presence passed by as Elijah was in the cave. In the New Testament, Jesus spent time alone with God.9 Jesus actually instructed us to pray to God alone at times: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”10

Spending time alone with God rids our minds of distraction so that we can focus on Him and hear His Word. Abiding in Him, we enjoy the intimacy to which He calls us and come to truly know Him.

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  1. See Psalm 139:13.
  2. See Luke 12:7.
  3. Matthew 10:31 NIV
  4. See Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 22:17; Song of Solomon 4:8.
  5. See Psalm 63:1.
  6. See Luke 10:39.
  7. See Matthew 5:6.
  8. See Psalm 57.
  9. See Matthew 14:13; Mark 1:35; Mark 6:45-46; Mark 14:32-34; Luke 4:42; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:18; John 6:15.
  10. Matthew 6:6 NIV