I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase. Some of you might already know what quiet time is, some might not. Regardless, today I think everyone can benefit from these tips! So let’s get started.
Quiet Time: a term used to describe regular individual sessions of Christian spiritual activities, such as prayer, private meditation, worship, or study of the Bible. The term “Quiet Time” is used by 20th-century Protestants, mostly evangelical Christians. It is also called “personal Bible study” or “personal devotions”. (Wikipedia, 2017)
Growing up I didn’t ever hear about quiet time until I was on a youth retreat and everyone was doing it. Honestly, Back then I probably only did quiet time on retreats, now that I think about it. No one ever said I had to do it daily, so I didn’t. Years went by and I just felt so distant from God.
I would pray to him every night and during the day sometimes, but that was it. Then about two years ago when a few unexpected hard things happened, I decided to download a devotion on my phone. I read that devotion every single day, and soon bought a prayer journal to go with it.
Honestly, I just needed an outlet to write down everything I was feeling. I would read the devotion, look up the verses in the Bible, and then write a prayer to God. Doing this every morning changed something in me.
I really can’t explain what it did other than I felt so much more at peace. It shifted my perspective from trying to solve all my problems to trusting God with them. It was during this time that I discovered so many new Bible verses, I didn’t even know existed, that encouraged me so much!
I wrote down things I was struggling with and prayers I wanted God to answer and I put check boxes beside them. I also wrote corresponding Bible verses with each request. Here are some examples:
__ I want to trust you with my finances. (Matthew 6:25-34)
__ Rid me of anxiety and fear, show me how to trust you. (Proverbs 3:5-6) (Philippians 4:6-7)
__ Restore my faith in you God. (Hebrews 11:1) (Ephesians 2:8) (Hebrews 10:22)
I still have my journal and when I checked one of these off I also wrote a date next to it to remember the day God answered that prayer! Now, some of my requests still aren’t checked off, but that is because God’s timing is way better than mine!
If you are wondering how to get started with doing quiet time here are a few easy steps:
Step 1: Grab a Bible (I love the NLT version!)
Step 2: Pick up a blank notebook – Barnes & Noble has some great ones!
Step 3: Get a devotional (either a hard copy or digital one!)
Step 4: Grab some fun colored pens, they make it more exciting first thing in the morning!
Step 5: Make a routine out of it, do it first thing when you wake up– before checking your phone!
Step 6: Read your devotion
Step 7: Read the Bible verses that go with it
Step 8: Write down any verse or phrase that really sticks out to you!
Step 9: Write a prayer.
Thank you so much for today. Thank you for the beautiful sun that is shining through the windows. Thank you for what you are teaching me and how you are molding me into a better version of me. Help me to replace any negativity and judgment I have towards others with your grace and love. I want to be a reflection of you. Help me Lord. Show me how. Show me how to navigate through today without forgetting you. Help me to see you and your faithfulness in everything. I continue to surrender my fears and anxieties to you. I trust you with them and I trust you with my future. Amen.
I hope this helps you in your walk with Christ. As always, there is no exact formula for quiet time, you can do it however you want! Just remember to give yourself some grace, it’s okay to miss a day or a week. I just know from experience making a habit of doing it every morning will change your life, I promise you that!