QuietTime

Establishing a Quiet Time.

Establishing a quiet time is harder than it sounds, isn’t it? We live our lives in constant noise. The noise comes at us from a variety of sources: social media, Spotify, Netflix, our work responsibilities, our family responsibilities…all of these sources of ‘noise’ make it difficult, if not, impossible to establishing some quiet in our lives.

We know that we need some quiet in our lives. We need the quiet to silence all the noise. We need the quiet to put the noise in perspective. How do we go about establishing a quiet time with God? To be clear, we’re speaking of a quiet time that involves you and God. Furthermore, how do we establish a quiet time that is effective? A quiet time that grows our relationship with God in a deeper and more personal way. A quiet time that allows us to calm our harts and minds before a great and mighty God. A quiet time that drives us to living lives of authenticity – where our faith and love is worth living out every single day, not just on Sundays. A quiet time that drives us to deeper and healthier relationships with God and with others. A quiet time that drives us to pursuing opportunities to share the Gospel with those around us. How do we establish an effective quiet time like that?

  1. Find a time and a place where you can be alone and you can be alert. When and where can you go to be alone with God? Your home in the morning? Your office at lunchtime? Your room at night before you go to bed? These two factors need to be a priority: a time and a place where you can be alone and a time and a place where you can be alert. Don’t schedule your quiet time with God when you are tired, rushed, or distracted. Let’s be honest – that’s not fair to the creator of the world, is it? And to be clear – it’s not fair for you, either. Establishing a quiet time with God that enables you to grow deeper in your intimacy and knowledge of God the Father is going to take a little bit of effort. So take your time and think about when and where you can be alone and alert with God. Once you have that time and place,…
  2. Balance the time you have available between praying and Scripture reading. It is important to have a balance when you establish your quiet time with God. This balance creates a conversation with God. Prayer gives you the vehicle to talk to God: to praise Him, to worship Him, to petition Him, to tell Him what you need, to tell Him what is difficult,…to simply talk to Him. Scripture reading becomes the vehicle for God to begin communicating to you through His Word. He has preserved His Word for these many generations so that you would have access to it today. As this ‘conversation’ between you and God establishes itself as part of your daily life you will begin to see your relationship with Him become more intimate and deeper. When praying, keep track of your prayers to God (we’ll talk about journaling in a moment). When reading be purposeful in your reading. It’s important to have a plan that allows you to read purposefully. These plans can be selected in a variety of different ways. One option is to select a Bible reading plan by topic, keyword or Scripture using the Bible App. Another option is to read through a book of the Bible. If you are new to reading the BIble consistently and establishing a quiet time I’d read one of the following books of the Bible: the Psalms (provides encouragement and hope for all of life’s ups and downs), the Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke & John (pay special attention to everything that Jesus did and said), Acts (a great history book recalling the acts of the apostles and the early church). Once you’ve established a balance between praying and Scripture reading…
  3. Journal. Take the time to write down what you have prayed and what you have read. Mark up your Bible and keep track of how God speaks to you about what you’ve read. Keep track of answered prayers. Journal about how you are growing and how you are getting to know Him better. Choose a truth that you will focus on based on your reading and write it down. Pray that God focuses your mind on this truth. Then use that truth to direct your prayer time. Writing and journaling during your quiet time allows you to process physically with your hand how God is moving in your heart. Now that you are journaling…
  4. Tell someone about your quiet time. This communication to someone else about your quiet time gives you a partnership in your commitment to God. This person then is able to pray for you and ask you questions about your prayer time in a real and personal way that helps you and challenges you to stay commited. You’ve selected and time and a place where you are alone and alert. You have balanced your quiet time with God between prayer and Scripture reading. You have journaled your quiet time with God. Now…
  5. Don’t stop. Habits grow stronger and deeper when they are continued. The ability to form a habit is potentially transformational. These daily decisions become transformational as we commit to them and don’t let our discouragement derail us from being faithful. You’ll hit some dry spots with your quiet time. When that happens shift something within your quiet time, don’t abandon your quiet time altogether. Shift the time, shift the place, buy a new journal, read from a different portion of Scripture. Shift something when you have a dry spot – don’t stop. You’ll have some times when you life gets busier than normal and it becomes harder to prioritize your quiet time. In that moment, determine to wake up 15 minutes earlier rather than ‘make it up’ later. Don’t stop.

I’m looking forward to hearing about your quiet time:
*What are you reading?
*When and where is your quiet time?
*What answered prayers are you praising God for?
*What words would you describe your prayer life?

Until next time…

Blessings,

Daniel

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