(I usually post on the hours of prayer and spiritual disciplines. Today, I do so in a new vein. Each post shall address the spiritual discipline of solitude and build on the insights gained. The day will end with a prayer for that discipline. I pray that you will find a peace that passes our understanding as you take this discipline to heart.)
Solitude is a theme that is present throughout the Bible, and there are many passages that mention it or demonstrate its importance.
One of the most well-known examples of solitude in the Bible is when Jesus often went away by himself to pray and be alone with God. For example, in Mark 1:35, it says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
The Bible also encourages people to spend time in solitude to reflect and seek God’s guidance. In Psalm 46:10, it says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” This verse suggests that it is in the stillness and quietness of solitude that we can best experience and connect with God.
Furthermore, the Bible describes solitude as a time of refreshment and renewal. In Isaiah 30:15, it says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” This verse suggests that solitude is a time to turn away from the distractions of the world and find strength and renewal in God.
The Bible speaks positively about solitude as a time to connect with God, reflect on one’s life, and find strength and renewal.