Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. Solitude begins with a time and a place for God, and him alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that he is actively present in our lives – healing, teaching and guiding – we need to set aside a time and a space to give him our undivided attention. Jesus says, “Go to your private room and, when you have shut the door, pray to the Father who is in that secret place.” (Matt. 6: 6)
Henri Nouwen’s words, ‘Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life’ are some of the most frequently quoted in teaching on prayer. To what extent would you agree with this? What about those personalities who are very active by nature and who find it ‘virtually impossible’ to be still?
I agree that solitude is the way to learn how to walk with the Spirit. If we truly learn to live this way then even in the hub hub of daily life such as a noisy dinner party we will hear that still small voice. Sometimes we need to act immediately or the moment may be lost.
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