HOW TO OVERCOME PROBLEMS WITH YOUR QUIET TIME (Part 2)
Yesterday we looked at the first two problems we typically encounter in starting our Quiet Time – the problem of discipline and the problem of distractions. We also discussed some ways to deal with these problems. Today we’ll examine two more problems and the truths about how to overcome them.
Here we go:
- THE PROBLEM OF DRYNESS
Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re not getting anything out of your Quiet Time. You’ll wonder if you’re making any progress on your spiritual journey.
First of all, NEVER judge your Quiet Time by your FEELINGS.
Possible Causes of Spiritual Dryness:
- Your physical condition – are you physically drained? Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is get some rest.
- Disobedience to God – are you engaged in some sin that you refuse to let go?
- Rushing your Quiet Time - are you failing to make your Quiet Time a priority? Are you just going through the motions?
- Getting in a rut – have you lost a sense of anticipation and excitement about meeting with God and learning from His Word?
- Not sharing insights with others – is your spiritual journey a solitary exercise?
Does your Quiet Time seem dry? Don’t let that discourage you. You never honor God more than when you commit to spend time with Him even when you don’t feel like it.
- THE PROBLEM OF DILIGENCE
Our greatest problem tends to be the struggle to stay consistent. Satan fights nothing harder than our Quiet Time. He knows that it’s a source of spiritual strength and growth.
- Make a commitment or vow to God.
- Schedule your Quiet Time on your daily calendar.
- Be prepared to deal with distractions.
- Leave you Bible open to the passage you intend to study.
So, what if you miss a day? Don’t get discouraged. Beating yourself up is counter-productive. Just start again. Don’t wallow in guilt. It doesn’t help. Most of all, DON’T GIVE UP.
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.”
May you find joy and fulfillment in your Quiet Time today.
Have a wonderful day!