What comes to mind when you hear “quiet time”? Is that like a time out? How long does it last? Is it good or bad? Does it require a checklist or an agenda? “Quiet time” is so overused and under-understood (is that a word?)! Apparently, all the good girls have a quiet time and it includes a devo and a latte. Is this ringing a bell?
After many years of following the Lord Jesus and attempting to press closer into him, here are some things I’ve learned that may be of some little or great help to you. There are truly so few requirements….
- The Lord does not have a prescription or an agenda that must be followed for our time with him. When Jesus states in John 14 that he is the way, he means it. Coming to Jesus is coming to God. There is no requirement of a certain time, a pretty floral journal, the right highlighter, or a commentary.
6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 English Standard Version (ESV)
- There is no time of day or space required to meet with the Lord. I do believe that time alone with him before the day begins has a special sweetness that readies you, heart and soul, for all the day holds. And, although there is not a particular place set apart for being with Jesus, having a spot that beckons you to be with him day after day is like having a set aside favorite table where you meet your friend for coffee. It holds remembrances and expectations.
Acts 10:9 ESV
The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour[b] to pray.
- Your Bible is really all you need. I have a wise friend who commented once that the best Bible to invest in is the one you will read. So true!!! The Bible is not intimidating once you dive in. It’s a beautiful story, long and deep and true. From one end to the other, the Bible is about God.
Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word
From Genesis to Revelation the Bible is telling us about the reign and rule of God. Its topography speaks of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration in every vista.
- A journal is helpful. When we moved at the end of last year, my husband rolled his eyes at the number of notebooks I had to pack. I’m a prayer writer. My prayers and thoughts are written in long sentance form. Others just bullet point their prayers or have a little graph they fill in. In his kindness, God has given us the incredible gift of remembrance — we put this gift into action when we write down what he is teaching us and/or what we are asking of him. Pastor Mark Batterson says, “a prayer journal is history before it happens!” Amen!
The word REMEMBER is used 148 times in the King James Version of the Bible.
- Since the Bible is about God, we can frame our time with him around him. By asking questions like… what does this scripture teach me about God, what characteristic do I see of him here, what can I learn about what God values? We can ask…what are the glimpses I can see here of Jesus? Before we ever try to get the Bible to speak into our circumstances or into who are we, we must take our eyes first to the Lord.
Matthew 6:9-10 NIV
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
- There is no wrong place to be in the Bible. Often the book of John is recommended as the place to start. Billy Graham said, “Begin by reading the Gospel of John, for it tells us of Christ, of the ‘greatest life ever lived,’ and what He has done for us.” There is no wrong way. And, there is no certain amount you must read. God speaks through every word of scripture. He may stir your heart in the first verse you read. If so, stop there for today. You may read the same verse or chapter for days or weeks in a row (been there!) because he keeps having more to say
1All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Maybe you’ve spent time alone with the Lord for years or maybe you are just beginning. I encourage you today to ask him for his guidance on implementing or adjusting your time with him. Be open to his lead. Be encouraged that it is worth every moment. Be ready for more. You are certain to be blessed.
PS – you can totally have a cute journal and a latte but you don’t have to 🙂