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How to Live a Holy Life | Charles E. Orr

Alone with God

This life of ours will never be all that it should be unless we are much alone with God. Only those who are oft alone with Him know the benefit that is derived therefrom. You cannot be like God unless you are much with Him, and you cannot live like Him unless you are like Him. The Scriptures tell us that Jesus departed into the mountain to be alone with the Father and that He was often “alone praying.”* (Luke 9:18) When Jesus had anything of great importance to say to His disciples, He always took them aside from the multitude. When He was transfigured, He took three of His disciples into a mountain apart from all the world. When He was one time alone praying with His disciples, He asked them who He was. Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”* (Luke 9:20) It was only when He was alone with them and after prayer that He could bring them into such nearness to Him that they might know in their hearts that He was the Son of God.

When amid the active duties of life and when in contact with the world, we can scarcely come into that sacred nearness to God that will enable us to feel in our hearts all that God is. We may get slight glimpses of His glory, we may occasionally get a dim view of some of His beauty, we may feel a little warming of His love in our bosoms; but only when alone with Him are we awed into wonder at the sight of His glory and great beauty. It is only then that we see Him in His purity and feel the warm sunshine of His love. It is only then that our hearts can be deeply impressed with the knowledge that He is God, and in childlikeness we can look up to Him and call Him Father.