Alone with God: private devotions

Ministration = act of service.)

Each Christian must serve as priest before the spiritual altar and each individual Christian is called to rule and reign with Christ.

This involves us all in the a daily ministration (service) wherein we exercise our privilege of coming before the Lord that we might be alone with Him.

Consider DAVID’S EXAMPLE. Ps 55:17. When?

i. ……………………
ii. ……………………
iii …………………….

1. Daily consecration to the will of God

As with the children of Israel. Daily? ……… Exod. 29:38-39. Num. 28:24.
Jesus said … let him take up his cross daily.. Luke. 9:23.
Rom. 12:1. teaches us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.
Not a once-a-week Christian but a daily life unto Christ. (the thought is, “Lord, I offer myself to fulfil your will this day.”

2. Daily prayer

The incense (a type of prayer.) was to be offered to God twice a day. This was His decree. It was placed on the altar morning and evening. Exod. 30:1-10.
Psalm. 88:9. calling daily. Rev.5:8. prayers of the saints.
We need to pray daily in a known language and also in an unknown language (tongues)

3. Daily supply of the Spirit

Phil. 1:19. ….supply of ……………………………..?
Each morning we ask for a fresh and continuing supply of the anointing.

4. Daily manna

Matt. 6:11. Give us this day our daily bread.
Exod. 16:21. The Israelites gathered the Lord’s provision daily. Notice each one was to gather. (must get your own portion.)
Each of us is to feed on the Word daily. Read for ourselves the “What is it” (this is what manna means.) supplied to us personally by God.
One way to approach the daily ministration is:
i. Have a bible — preferably one without notes and extras added by someone else.
ii. Set a “regular” time, as long as possible.
iii. A notebook.
iv. A place (quiet & alone).
v. A prayer list helps.
Begin by reading a portion of Scripture. Wait, meditate on the portion you have read, write down thoughts that come to you about this reading and any “things to do” that come to you along the way. Do you feel at peace about what you have written down and the things to be done today?

Then the hard part… do it.

Remember … the Word of the Lord comes after obedience: obey, reveal, obey, reveal, and so on. So if you find that no thoughts come to you check up on yesterday’s notes. Have you fulfilled the requests made yesterday?

5. Daily washing of the priest

Exod. 30:17. The brazen Laver stood before the tabernacle to provide water that the priests might wash.
When did they wash? ………………………… How often? …………………………..
Titus. 3:5. the washing of regeneration. Eph. 5:26 washing of water by the Word.
The knowledge of the “manna”, i.e. God’s message for us for today, (see above) is of no use unless we apply it to our lives. Water does not wash unless applied!

6. Daily cleansing in the blood

Lev. 4:13, 17, 21. The blood was poured out as part of the sin offering to cleanse the people of their sinful acts.
Read Heb. 9:22.; Matt. 26:28.; Rev. 12:11. We ask for the cleansing from sin by the precious blood of Jesus continually so that daily we may be overcomers.

7. Daily praise and worship

Psalm. 72:15. This is one of the Messianic psalms (speaks of Jesus). It calls us to daily praise and worship, not just on Sunday (Rev. 5:10-13).
One of the fruitful ways of praise is in a loud voice. Learn to talk with God OUT LOUD.

8. Daily exhortation

(Heb. 3:13) But exhort one another daily while it is still called today lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
To exhort = to stir up (also see Heb. 10:25). Stir each other to enthusiasm and a partaking in the life of the saints. DAILY.
As we go out from being alone in the presence of God to walk with Him in the world keep in mind Acts. 5:42.
— And DAILY in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach JESUS CHRIST