I often have people ask me how I find time to be quiet with the Lord. It really isn’t complicated as we make it out to be. The main thing is simply to do some, but in case you are of those still wanting to but not sure how.
Do you know what quiet time is? It is fellowship with God. The reason that so e people do not have quiet time is that they feel uncomfortable. They don’t want to look God in the face because there is I confessed unrepented, sin in their life. Quiet time allows us to seen out God in a way that reveals truths.
What did Adam do after he sinned and God came walking in the garden? Adam fled. Before that, Adan had quiet time alone with God, didn’t he! They conversed. They combined. It was paradise. But when Adam sinned, he did not want to look God in the face,
When Moses went into God’s presence God said, “Draw not nigh hither: take off your shoes from your feet for the place you stand is holy ground. Moreover He said, “I am the God of your Fathetm the God if Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; forge was afraid to look upon God,” God cannot be in the presence of sin been He is Holy.
If you find a reflectance to go into the presence of God, there may be unconfessed unrepented sin in your life. If you say “I don’t have the time” take even 5 minutes to pray. Part of our quiet time is to get our hearts clean and pure. Each of us needs to take ourselves by the nape of the necks and confess and repent before we come into God’s Holy presence to fellowship. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me,
Here are some easy steps to begin a daily quiet time:
Find A Place
Pick a definite place where you will be every day for your quiet time. It should be as free from detractions as possible. This place will soon be very comfortable with to you.
Schedule A Time
Pick a reasonable amount of time and put it on your schedule. If you use your cell phone or electronic calendar like I do, you can set it to repeat the appointment everyday. Start with 15 minutes. The key at this point is consistently, so make sure you don’t burden yourself with something you will not do. It most likely seem like a sacrifice at first, but keep the objective in mind. You need this. As you accomplish discipline in a little time it will be easier to increase the time you spend.
Decide basically how you will structure your quiet time. You may ask first what you hope to achieve and base your format around that. If developing intimacy with God in prayer is your goal, then certainly choose to spend more time in prayer. If Bible knowledge is your goal, then you may want to choose to do a Bible study. I so enjoy doing a good Bible study. Pick something you want to know about and then dig into the Bible for answers. You can change the format over time and do combinations of each of these.
When I was a new Christian the pastor of my church told me, if I didn’t know what to study to take the Bible and open it and study what is on that page. It may seem silly, but it works and you will be blessed. Naturally you can’t do this on your cell-phone or computer.
Decide what you will specifically do in your time. Will you do a Bible study or simply read Scripture and pray? If your time is 15 minutes, for example you could spend 6 minutes talking to God ; 2 minutes in silence, asking God to speak to you; and 4 minutes writing your thoughts at that time. The goal is not to be mechanical or punch a clock here, but rather to provide structure, which will lead to productivity in building your God relationship. Don’t worry as much about what activities you are doing at this point, just do something.
Commit to doing something consistently for at least 39 days. Every day… without exception… do it at the same time every day. Again, it will require sacrifice. Habits and lifestyle form this way and you’ll need this discipline, because as soon as you attempt this dozens of obstacles will stand in your way.
As a new Christian I used to think quiet time with God had to be done every morning. I had a difficult time with this time I am not really a morning person. Quiet time with God can be any time as long as you are consistent.
Forming this time will not be easy. Nothing of value is ever easy. The main objective for any of us, including pastors, is disciplining ourselves to do something everyday. Over time, it becomes a habit that is easily repeated. Even better,nit will soon become the best and most productive part of you day.