Meaningful Quiet Times
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Organizing a Quiet Time
Because quiet times are about a personal relationship with God, there’s no formula for what one should look like. But, generally speaking, quiet times are made up of three elements:
Prayer is an opportunity to speak with and listen to your heavenly Father. It’s a priceless form of connection.
- READING THE BIBLE
Scripture is God’s story. It’s full of his wisdom, truth, and power. It’s impossible to know him without spending time reading his Word.
You can’t be changed by God’s wisdom and truth unless you reflect on how it applies to your own life. Without reflection, reading the Bible isn’t relational, it’s just informational.
Making Quiet Times a Habit
All kinds of things can disrupt our quiet times or make it hard to create a quiet time habit—busyness, sickness, being stuck in a rut, not sharing our insights with others, or feeling alienated from God because of disobedience. Remember: nothing causes God to hold you at arm’s length. He always wants to spend time with you. So don’t cheat yourself out of the opportunity.
Paying attention to these three things will help you to make or re-establish a habit of spending time with God:
- PICK A TIME
You schedule time for the important things in your life. You write them in your calendar or jot down reminders on Post-it notes. You prioritize them. Picking a regular time prioritizes your quiet times.
Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or evening, choose a time when you can slow down, pray, read the Bible, and reflect on how what you’ve read applies to your life. Your quiet time may last for five minutes or it may last for an hour— duration is up to you—but choose a consistent time.
- PICK A PLACE
Most people who spend time with God regularly will tell you that they have a specific place where they pray, read, and reflect. Find a place where you can clear your mind. It may be a favorite chair or a quiet room. It may even be your car.
- PICK A PLAN
To make the best use of your time, you need a plan. You’ll connect more easily with God if you find a plan that works for you. The best plan for you is the one that fits your way of connecting with God, that motivates you to pray and open the Bible on a regular basis, and allows you to experience the power and truth of Scripture. Your quiet times may feel like a chore at first. That’s okay. Remember, you’re creating a new habit. Soon enough, praying, reading the Bible, and reflecting on what you’ve read will begin to feel like an opportunity to spend quality time with your heavenly Father.