HOW TO BEGIN A DAILY QUIET TIME
STEP 1: Select A Specific Time.
The best time to have a quiet time is when I am AT MY BEST. Only you can decide when that is for you. Only you know your schedule. Though I can’t say its worked for me yet, many godly people recommend an early morning quiet time. I certainly see the value in it, so let me give you four reasons for considering an early morning quiet time:
a. The example of people from the Bible
Abraham Hannah David
Jacob Job Daniel
Moses Hezekiah Jesus
b. It seems logical to begin the day with it.
Someone once said, “The best time to tune your instrument is before you play the concert, not after it.”
c. It demonstrates that meeting with God is my first priority. I give Him the first part of my day.
It’s the “first fruits” concept applied to my time. Think of it this way: “Does God get the first fruits or the leftovers of my time?”
d. Unless you’re a night owl, you are more likely to be rested, your mind less cluttered, and it’s often the quietest time.
The most important thing is this: Whatever time you select … BE CONSISTENT!
You may be wondering, “How much time should I allow for my quiet time?” Let me give you three things to consider:
- Start with 15 minutes and let it grow
- Don’t watch the clock
- Emphasize quality, not quantity
STEP 2: Choose A Special Place
“Jesus went out AS USUAL to the Mount of Olives … He withdrew … knelt down and prayed….” Luke 22:39,41 (NIV)
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Consider locating a place where you can have a quiet time with God that is:
- Free of distractions and interruptions
- The same (Remember, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives “as usual.”)
STEP 3: Gather The Resources I’ll Need
- A Bible
- Preferably a version that you find is easy to read.
- A Notebook or Journal
- For your prayer list and for any notes that might be taken during your Bible study
- Message Outline from last Sunday
- To review what you learned and to dig deeper into the Bible
- If music helps you block out distractions and focus on God
STEP 4: Begin With The right Attitudes
This is the God of the Universe you’re connecting with. Be careful about rushing in and out of His presence. Remember, Psalm 46:10 (NIV) says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
“Open my eyes to see wonderful things in Your Word.” Psalm 119:18 (LB). Expect God to reveal something to you through your prayer and Bible study. It may not be earth shattering, but it will be beneficial to you in some way.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 (NLT). Determine to say 'Yes” to whatever God prompts you to do.
Beginning TODAY, commit to setting aside a daily time with God by taking the four steps listed above. Then pray the prayer of commitment below.
A PRAYER OF COMMITMENT
“Father, I realize that I was created to have fellowship with You. Thank you for making this privilege possible through Jesus’ death. I know that daily fellowship with You is to be the most important thing in my life. I now want to commit myself to spending at least some time every day with You in a quiet time of Prayer and Bible Study. I’m trusting in Your strength to help me be consistent. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”