‘Draw me away with you’ Song of Solomon 1:4 (AMP)
At the heart of our Christian life is our intimate relationship with God and a vital connection to His Word. ‘Draw me away with you!’ (Song of Solomon 1:4), speaks of intimacy with God. It speaks of our private interactions with Him. Did you know every one of us is each developing a secret history in God? You and I, every believer in the earth, we are developing that secret history, that interaction with God that nobody else can see.
Whether we are in a public gathering, at a workplace, in a prayer room, or out walking, we all carry our heart in a certain way and make choices. We are developing our secret history. For myself, I want a rich secret history in God.
Bob, Sorge excellent book ‘Secrets of the Secret Place’ broadened my concept and understanding of developing a secret history with God. He states: “We must develop a secret history with God before He gives us a public history before people” – Bob Sorge, Secrets of the Secret Place, 2015 p 197
I have been on a journey to know Him; to become closer to and more intimate with God for over 20 years. The challenge throughout the whole journey has been to consciously and consistently invite the Lord to go deep into my very CORE… my very Heart. As I have embarked on this journey it has provoked me to deepen me secret history with God.
That does not mean that we never see what is going on, but most of what happens in all of our lives happens on the inside.
Private prayer is different from any other Christian discipline that we practice. It is in a category all by itself. Private prayer is one of the only disciplines that nullifies the human need and motive to get validation from other people. It eradicates our human need to get the approval of other people. We all need to understand that if we are ever going to grow up and be mature as a believer this is one of the most important disciplines that we have to bring into our life.
No one can mentor you into an intimate relationship with Christ. We all have to find our own way to abiding in Christ. When all is said and done, we must shut the door, get into the secret place with God, and discover what an intimate relationship with Christ will look like for ourselves. There is a 100% guaranteed way to have instant intimacy with the Father, and Jesus Himself gave us the key. ‘But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.’ (Matthew 6:6 NKJV)
A lot of believers want this relationship with God. They want to feel the power of it. They want to feel the love of God for them, and they want to feel love back to God. But what they do is come to a worship service, wanting someone to pray for them, to impart it to them. I am all for that, but that is not mostly how we are going to grow in our intimacy with God – by someone laying hands on us. We are going to grow in it day-by-day, inch-by-inch, reading the Word and talking to Jesus, the Spirit little-by-little touching our heart. I am telling you, that is how it works.
People say, “I believe everything you are saying, but I do not read the Word. I am not really one of those type of people.” If that is true of you, then you will live a spiritually superficial life. To me that is the greatest tragedy a believer can have in this age: To be a sincere believer but live spiritually shallow.
A secret history with the Lord, however, is a gift we have the responsibility (which will eventually become a joy) to cultivate. More important it is open to everyone, more than any anointing, for without it, we would not be able to bear the weight of the gifts God gives us!
The wisest thing you’ll ever do in this life is to draw close to God and seek Him with all your heart.