"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day." (Gen. 32:24)
Left alone! What different sensations those words conjure up to each of us. To some they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet. To be left alone without God, would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven! If His followers spent more time alone with Him, we should have spiritual giants again.
The Master set us an example. Note how often He went to be alone with God; and He had a mighty purpose behind the command, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray."(Mt.6:6)
The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. It was alone with God that Jacob became a prince; and just there that we, too, may become princes━"men (aye, and women too!) wondered at" (Gen. 32:28). Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him. (Josh. 1:1) Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel. (Judges 6:11 and 11:29) Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush. (Exodus 3:1-5) Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him. (Acts 10:2) No one was with Peter on the house top, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9) John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness (Luke 1:80), and John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God. (Rev. 1:9)
Covet to get alone with God. If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves, but others too, of blessing, since when we are blessed we are able to pass on blessing to others. It may mean less outside work; it must mean more depth and power, and the consequence, too, will be "they saw no man save Jesus only."(Mt.17:8) ━Selected
伊莱贾和伊莱沙最大的神迹，乃是在他们单独亲近神的时侯出现的。雅各布在单独亲近神的时侯，成为一个王子。（以色列的意思就是王子）。我们若单独亲近神,也能成为王子。乔舒亚在单独亲近神的时侯，得到胜利的把握 (书1:1)。基甸和耶弗他在单独亲近神的时侯，得到神的遣征。(士6:11 及11:29) 摩西独自在旷野中的时候，看见神的异象。(出3:1-5) 哥尼流在独自祷告的时候，看见天使。(徒10:2) 彼得独自在房顶上与神单独接触的时侯，受神托付到外邦人中去 (徒10:9)。施洗约翰独自住在旷野 (路1:80)；耶稣所爱的门徒约翰独自在拔摩海岛上，孤单中他最接近神，所以得到了神最大的启示。(启1:9)