Reconnect and Recharge in the Secret Place

Reconnect and Recharge in the Secret Place
by Lalenunat Johnson

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
Psalm 91:1-2 (AMPC)

I was laying in my bed reflecting and talking to the Lord.  I was just appreciating Him for Who He is and saying that I just want time to get away with Him and Him alone.  I didn’t need or want a companion with – not a spouse, didn’t need a buddy or friend, not my children, nor anyone else.  “I just want You.  Lord I love you.  I just want time with you and you alone.”  I began to reminisce on past hurts and traumas.  I canceled and released any and all residual trauma unto the Lord.  I then noticed that thoughts of things that would previously bring hurt and cause a pang in my heart, did not have that effect anymore.  I had truly been healed at the most deepest levels.

Many of us, all over the world, are in our homes now due to the social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantining of this current situation that the world is in, in fighting this virus.  I have seen many jokes about how introverts are just moseying along unfazed about having to be inside for such an extended period, whereas we extroverts are just climbing up the walls, figuratively speaking. Well, take it from this extrovert, and do not despise this time.  Although the reason we are contained is far from joyous, we can still use it for the good.

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
Romans 8:28 (AMPC)

Use this time to break from the fast paced rigmarole of our usually busy and full lives.  Let this be a time to reconnect and go even deeper in your relationship with the Father.  He has called us apart for such a time as this.  You may say, well, this time isn’t all that quiet for me.  My whole family and I are in this house, together, all of the time!  The kids are home and have to be home schooled. How can I work my job from home, care for the kids, cook meals, keep my house clean and in order, and have this awesome time alone with the Lord?  Sounds great in theory, but how?

In my household, we start as a family.  Before ending our day, we meet in the family room to end our day in worship and prayer.  We put on worship music to honor the Lord and enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)

Then, as the Lord leads, we keep the worship music going in the background while we take turns leading the family in prayer.  Even down to the youngest child, each person has something to share, something they want to pray about, and actively contribute to offer up to the Lord.  The Lord places scripture on at least one person’s heart.  During this season, He has given us the entire chapter of Psalm 91.  We speak and declare that Word into the atmosphere and over our family. Allow Holy Spirit to lead and guide on what scripture to declare and on how this time of prayer and consecration unto the Lord will look for your family.

For your personal time, seek the Lord now, even in the quiet still times of the night. You know, this is amazing and such a blessing to me.  You see, I often wake during the night, and I walk around to check on the household.  I check that unnecessary lights have not been left on, that the doors have been locked properly, or even cover up the precious grand-baby who has kicked off his covers. But what I found on this last night touched my heart so deeply.  You see, in all that I do, I want to see cultivated in the hearts of my family members, a love and desire for the Lord – that they will desire to seek him on their own.  Well, this night, as I prepared to make my rounds, I could hear light sounds coming from the different parts of the house.

My niece and nephew were soaking to audible scripture verses playing on a loop, allowing their spirit man to “soak” in the Lord’s presence even while they slept.  I humbly nodded in agreeance and appreciation of this, as my heart smiled.  But then I heard another sound, a very familiar sound coming from the lower level of our home.  I went down to find my adult son and grandson asleep, and they too were soaking.  They were soaking to the enthralling anointed music of Grace Williams, the very songs the Lord used to carry me through the most painful time of my life. So I knew that worship music was powerful as was a good thing for my posterity to soak to.  Ironically, this song reminded me of the very hurt that during this still quiet time with the Lord, I was so grateful to feel and know that the Lord had fully healed me of that hurtful time.

But you see, our family prayer time, and declaring that my family will dwell in the secret place of the Most High, had now translated into just that very thing.  We were all seeking the Lord on our own, during our moments of solitude, in the still and quiet of the night. Will you do the same?

Do not despise this time of solitude.  I know it may not be easy and many are fighting through the physical sickness and even loss of loved ones.  But, will you use this time to seek the Lord like never before?  Let Him be your comfort and your compass during this time, to give you peace, guidance, and hope.

Pick a set time that you will still away and seek the Lord in the solitude of the secret place.

Ask the Lord for a scripture to declare over your household.  To encourage others, comment that scripture passage below.

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  • Louise M.

    Thank you Sis. Johnson for sharing the beautiful work Holy Spirit is doing in your family’s life during this trying season. This
    devotional, while personal and intimate, is an encouragement to those of us who want our family to follow suit. We can take heart from hearing how God has drawn you all deeper into His presence corporately and individually, trusting that as days go by, with continued prayer, He will do the same for us.
    My heart rejoiced with you at the testimony of hearing the soaking music and NOT feeling the pain of when you went through that painful period. The Lord truly does heal, taking away the hurt, scarring, and remembrance of dark times in our lives when we give the situation to Jesus. It’s His promise to give us beauty in place of ashes. Through His stripes and because of His sacrifice, we can indeed, be made every whit whole! Again, thanks for blessing the Body with your testimony.

  • Kari

    I asked the Lord for a scripture to declare over my household and I seen an image, it was a banner over my children in our front living room that said “love never fails.” I declared it over our family/house. And I declare it over each person reading this now, the Lord is great and greatly to be praised “love never fails.”

  • Ugar Ambunde Ugar

    Thank you for this word. I have been blessed .
    God bless you


    God be praised, after this study the holy spirit instructed me to let go of some hurts and also drew my attention to Psalms 66:18. To his glory, am going through the process of forgiveness. Am healed from every spirit of unforgiveness. Hallelujah