How To Have A Daily Quiet Time
How to Have a Daily Quiet TimeIf you think about your day, what do you spend seven minutes doing:
Find out what seven minutes with God could look like and how to develop this easy habit.
Most Christians firmly believe in the importance of spending daily time in God’s Word and in prayer, yet, so many of us struggle to do either consistently. Perhaps it’s because for us to consider them successful, we think every time with God needs to leave us feeling 100% peaceful or sure that we’ve received crystal clear messages from the Lord. That’s not what happens every time, and that’s okay.
In the book of Psalms, David, who is called “the one after God’s own heart,” (1 Samuel 13:14) experiences the full spectrum of emotions as he prays fervently to God. He didn’t hold back from pouring his authentic, messy heart out to the Lord, and we don’t need to either. In fact, God welcomes it.
If you begin the spiritual discipline of spending seven minutes with God each day, you will soon find that it’s impossible to stop there. An amazing thing happens—seven minutes become 20, and it’s not long before you’re spending 30 precious minutes with Him daily.
Do it for the right reason. Do not become devoted to the habit, but to the Saviour. Spend time in the Word and prayer not because other people are doing it, not as a spiritless duty every morning, not merely as an end in itself, but because God has granted us the priceless privilege of fellowship with Him.
4 Steps to a Daily Quiet Time
Firstly find a spot and time with minimal distraction
Preparing Your Heart (½ minute)Invest the first 30 seconds preparing your heart. You might pray, “Lord, cleanse my heart so You can speak to me through the Scriptures. Make my mind alert, my soul active and my heart responsive. Surround me with Your presence during this time.”
Listening to God – Scripture Reading (4 minutes)Take the next four minutes to read the Bible. Your greatest need is to hear a word from God. Allow the Word to strike fire in your heart. Meet the Author! (Not sure where to start reading, we can help guide you wit ha reading plan, just ask).
Talking to God – Prayer (2½ minutes)After God has spoken through His Word, then speak to Him in prayer. One helpful method is to incorporate four areas of prayer that you can remember with the word ACTS.
Perhaps keep a journal of what you get out of your reading time and record of your prayer requests and answers.