Excerpt on Solitude from Hearing God’s Voice
By M. Nadine


“O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, Let Me see you, let Me hear your voice, For your voice is sweet, and you are lovely.”  (So 2:14)

In the Song of Songs 2:14, we read, “O my dove.” God is speaking to the soul, to the spirit of a person, “My dove.” We think of the Holy Spirit as a Dove, don’t we? God is saying, “O my dove.” He continues, “In the secret recesses of the cliff.” This is the high place where one comes because the soul is called there in prayer, and the soul responded. The soul is now in this high place, in the cliff, in the secret recesses. The soul is in solitude, and here the soul hears. This is what God says to the soul, “Let me see you. Let me hear your voice.” Isn’t that beautiful?

Here is an invitation from God to each of us to speak to Him now. He wants us to speak. He wants us to hear. Can you imagine the power right then, if you are an intercessor and you want to speak to Him about someone? This is an invitation from God Almighty to speak in this kind of solitude. You are directly in His presence in this kind of solitary prayer.

But we might say, wait a minute. Why should I enter into this level of solitude other than to encounter God? What about all that other stuff, all that suffering? Why should I? The temptation is that the price may be too high.

First of all, we enter into it, I believe, out of obedience. It is a call. He is calling us and we obey the call. It is a call to another level of intimacy, of union. Primarily it is a call to be alone with God. That is the first reason. That is God’s reason, to be alone. It is only in this aloneness with God, when we are, spiritually speaking, face to face with Him, in His presence, and we know we are in His presence, that we can really face our sin. Otherwise, we hide from ourselves. We hide from God. We run. We do not face our sin.

Outside of this solitude, there can be a lot of deception. We can live out of that deception our entire life, if we have never experienced solitude. It is only in the context of this kind of grace in God’s presence, that we can face our sin. It is only in this place in the presence of the Healer, the Healer that we know can heal us, that we even have courage to show our wounds. Only when we are in the brilliant presence of God where we can feel the security of His presence and His love, only then, can we give Him our fears, or talk about our fears or show Him our fears. And remember, perfect love, His love, will cast out fear (1Jn 4:18). And it is also at this level that we begin to realize, finally, that it is Christ who lives in me. As we make this journey day after day, day after day, we will gradually be overtaken by the Lord, because our true self is emerging, and that true self is none other than Jesus Christ! Jesus is our true self. This is where we begin to put on Jesus. Perhaps you see now how important solitude is to our prayer.

“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given Himself up for me.” (Gal 2:20)