We need to pray that the Lord will show us ways to bring more intimacy with him into our spiritual lives. If it means waking up 15 or 30 min. or an hour earlier in the morning. If it means worshiping in the car whenever we’re alone. If it means taking our lunch to work going off alone with the Lord instead of having lunch with a friend. He’ll show us ways to add that spiritual intimacy we need so desperately… We need to be desperate for God, thirsty for him.
When you were a child, did you ever have a secret clubhouse, a hiding place, or maybe a tree house where you could meet your best friend and the two of you could share your childhood secrets? The Lord our God is the best friend we will ever have, and he is inviting us to meet him in his secret place. It’s a place where we can approach him as worshipers, a place where we can know him in an intimate relationship. In that secret place the enemy cannot penetrate the peace that God will give us. The enemy fights hard to keep us out of God’s secret place, because he realizes that once we are there, he can’t disturb our peace. That’s why we must learn to find that place and learn to stay there. The beautiful poetry of Psalm 91:1 (NKJV) tells us that when we dwell “in the secret place of the Most High” we will “abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” In the secret place we’ll discover a level of safety and inner stillness that’s like nothing we have ever known before. Things may be shaking all around us, but we will have that “peace…which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7 NKJV) because we will be in fellowship with the Lord. In the secret place we’ll be at one with him, moving in the Spirit, crucifying the flesh. It’s impossible to be nervous or scared in the secret place because we are constantly reminded of how great God is and how much he loves us. I’m not saying we’ll be floating 3 feet off the ground, totally out of touch with reality. From time to time things will break in that will ruffle our calm, but not for long. No matter what happens, we will know where to go. We will be able to tuck up under God’s almighty wing of protection where we can worship him. And as we see him in control, his Spirit will fill us and we will know his perfect peace.
(Excerpts from, “THRONE ROOM” – Ushered into the Presence of God, by CeCe Winans with Claire Cloninger)