Daily Quiet Time

Spending daily quiet time with God is very important but not every Christian know that and many are not doing it. Also many are not sure what it is and how to begin one.

Actually, if we know how crucial spending time with God is to the spiritual life and spiritual growth of a Christian; how it can greatly affects our walk with the Lord and the benefits we can deride from even a short 10 minutes waiting on God each day, surely more will make efforts to do it.

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What Is A Quiet Time?

This is a daily time set apart to meet with the Lord. It's an appointment with God - a time to connect and fellowship with Him; to still our heart and listen to His voice, to bask in the warmness of His love for us and being confidence of His deep love, to love Him in return in adoration and worship.

It is also a time when we communicate with God; discussing about life problems, asking for help with regards to ones own situation or on behalf of someone else.

It might only be a ten minutes period of sitting before the Lord and reading the Word, reading a devotional article or listening attentively to a sermon.

I have known of friends who would grab a 5 to 10 minutes moment with the Lord in the morning before rushing off to work. There are others who spend the time on commute in car, bus or train communicating with God.

Or going to the office earlier before other colleagues arrive and spend that time reading a Bible passage, praying and worshipping.

Of course, time alone with God would be better if one can stay longer than that.

But whatever we do or how long we take, the quiet time is not a task or event that ends when the 10 or 30 minutes is over.

The Presence of the Lord lingers with us throughout the day; His word remains in our hearts and as we go about our day, we ponder and meditate on it and continue to communicate with Him; praising, thanking and worshipping Him in our hearts throughout the day.


Why Is It So Important?

Isn't going to church and worshipping and listening to the sermon on Sunday enough? Why do we need to set aside time daily to meet with the Lord? Here are some of the reasons why we need to have a daily quiet time with our God:

  • Even Jesus spent alone time with the Father and teaches us to do so.
  • In doing so, we are abiding in the Lord. Jesus said; “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing...If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." -- John 15:5,7
  • Without the Lord, we can do nothing. So it is wise to come to Him each day, acknowledge our need for Him and draw strength and receive direction for the day.
  • To be cleansed and be renewed by the hearing of the Word. (And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. -- Romans 12:2)
  • To know the will of the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10)
  • Spending time reading the Bible is good for our soul. The word has cleansing power to sanctify us. (Psalms 11:9, Ephesians 5:26)

How To Begin The Quiet Time?

Preparation

You will be spending time with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It's natural that you want to prepare for this appointment. Below are pointers that you can prepare yourself for this wonderful time with the Lord. 

Jesus Also Had His Quiet Time With God

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. -- Mark 1:35 (NKJV)

So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. -- Luke 5:16 (NKJV)

  • Find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted or disturbed which you can go to everyday. In Matthew 6:6, Jesus said: "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."
  • Set a time when you are most alert. Some prefer to do it in the middle of the night when all are asleep.
  • Bring a Bible that is easy to read. I prefer to use a paper Bible (non-digital) that I can touch and turn the pages and underline or jot down notes on the margin.
  • Have a bible reading plan (one-year plan would be good) and also a devotional book (optional)
  • A journal to record what you learn from the Word, things that you want to study further or research later and prayer requests.
  • Colour pencils or highlighters (optional)
  • A pen.

What To Do?

Now that the time is come and we are at the place ready to meet with God, we can be assured that God is there already waiting for us. I believe that God is even more eager and pleased to meet and fellowship with us.

After the fall of man, Genesis 3:8 said that "And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden."

I believe that this wasn't the first time Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden. They had fellowship with God before whenever God walks in the garden. Can you imagine God looking forward to that time of fellowship with Adam and Eve in the coolness of the day, walking in the garden together and Adam showing God all the things there and discussing the affairs of the day.

So what do we do during this quiet time?

  • Be still before the Lord.
  • Sing a praise song or hymn.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you; to teach you God's word.
  • Read the devotional passage of the day.
  • Also the passage of Scripture for the day. 
  • Jot down anything that speaks to you.
  • Meditate on it. Listen to your heart. Let God speaks to you.
  • Record in your journal again.
  • Worship the Lord for His goodness.
  • Pray about the verse or truth that God has given or revealed to you.
  • Bring any prayer requests you have to the Lord.
  • Close by thanking Him for the time spent together.

The above doesn't need to be in order. Feel free to go where the Spirit of God leads you.

Most important is to have a quiet time with God; reading the word and waiting upon Him in adoration and praise.


Who Is Qualified?

Who are qualified to meet with God each day?

Anyone who called upon the name of Jesus and believe in His finished work on the cross.

  • John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
  • Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Jesus qualified us!

We are qualified to meet with God because Jesus qualified us and made us righteous in Him through His person and works.

No matter how we feel each day; even if we had sinned against the Lord the night or day before, we are still qualified to meet with God because God our Father does not see our wretchedness but rather He see Christ in us and have already forgiven us of our sins. We have been saved by grace.

Paul wrote; 

  • "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God..." -- Ephesians 2:8.

Our salvation is a gift.

Our righteousness is a gift paid for by Jesus.

Therefore we are holy unto God. We are the righteousness of God in Christ.

God's holy of holies is opened to us regardless of how we feel or what we have done. We are righteous in God's sight and He is waiting for us to fellowship with Him. It is a gift to spend time with the holy God.

Let us open our arms wide to receive this gift of fellowship.

Let us not hid from God like Adam and Eve but rather draw close confidently knowing that our sin are forgiven and let us enjoy the walk in the garden with God.





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