HAVE A DAILY QUIET TIME

The Quiet Time is quality time spent alone with God for fellowship in meditation upon the Word of God and prayer (Josh. 1:8; Mk. 1:35). It is the time to be quiet enough for God to speak into your life daily. It is important for you to know how to search God's word for yourself, for a specific word He is saying to you each day, more than blindly following a devotional which may/may not be applicable to a season in your life.

Why is Quiet Time so important for the Christian?

God made man in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27) so that He could fellowship with him (1 Cor. 1:9; 1 Jn. 1:3) and man would be responsible for the works of God’s hands. But through sin and disobedience, fellowship with God was broken. God cursed man and he became far removed from God. But God sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and bring us back to God (1 Pet. 3:18).

A daily Quiet Time achieves the following aims:

  1. Daily temptations from Satan (Matt. 4:1 & Lk.22:3, 32), the flesh (Rom. 7:17; 1 Pet. 2:11), and the world (1 Jn. 2:15-17; Jas. 4:4) still cloud the Christian’s vision and the true image of God in man is blurred. We need to spend time alone in God’s presence daily after accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal saviour
  2. It helps us to have daily fellowship with God to know, love and worship Him, Jn. 4:23, 24; Acts 17:24-27; Phil. 3:7-10; Jn. 17:3
  3. It helps us to build a daily practice of obedience and service to God, Matt. 4:9,10; Jn. 5:19,20; 6:38; Jer. 1:5; Ps. 119:11
  4. It resources us for a daily growth into God’s image and Christlikeness, 1 Pet. 2:2; Rom. 8:29; Gen. 17:1; Col. 1:26; 2 Cor. 3:18
  5. It provides daily meditation and intake of God’s word in order to be richly indwelt by it, Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:1-3; Col. 3:16.
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When Should You Have Your Quiet Time?
Give God the best part of your time in the day. It is best to meet God before entering the day:

  • You are refreshed after sleep and your powers of concentration are highest;
  • God may have instructions for you for the day;
  • The devil may have temptations in store for you which God wants to reveal to you;
  • You need to commit your plans and challenges, troubles, etc. for the day into His hands, Prov. 16:3;3:5-7;
  • Spiritual manna, Ex. 16:19-21, daily, morning by morning when God wakens you up to instruct you, Is. 50:4.
Where Should You Have Your Quiet Time?

 Find a convenient place where you can be alone (Ex. 34:1; Mk. 1:35), but comfortable - never in bed.

For How Long Should You Have Your Quiet Time?

Between 10-30 minutes of quality time, depending on how much time you can take conveniently in season and out of season. If you exceed this, it becomes a Bible study and you may easily get fed up. Better start with a short time on a daily basis than one long quiet time in a week.

What Do You Need for a Quiet Time?
  • Your Bible: In any language of your choice. New King James Version(NKJV)/New International Version (NIV) are best in English for study and memorization. Other versions may explain the passage more fully.
  • A pen. Writing is important so that notes and observations will not be lost. It makes you alert. You pay more attention and concentrate more. Finally, other revelations like visions, dreams, etc. from the Lord will be put down.
  • A Quiet Time notebook/file
How To Have A Quiet Time
  1. Date:    For reference purposes

  2. Prayer: The scriptures were written by holy men of God who spoke (1 Cor. 2:13) and wrote under inspiration (2 Tim. 3:16) as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20,21). Therefore you need to pray for illumination - that God may give you light, guidance and understanding, Ps. 119:18; Lk. 24:45, through the Holy Spirit, Jn. 14:26

  3. Passage/Verse: It is never helpful to use more than one or two verses for quiet time a day. Even if the choice of passage has several verses, it is best to take a verse a day. 

    Choose verses that relate to you personally, topically, etc. If you are an angry housewife, don’t choose “Husbands love your wives”. It may only make it more difficult to control your temper. Prov. 21:9,19 will surely help you better, “It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and an angry woman” or, “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” Verses on virtues you wish to build into your life can easily be found in a good concordance or through your pastor, etc. 

    Choose verses which are more straightforward and simple/easy to understand first, before going into the more difficult passages. For some parts of the Bible are more difficult to understand than others, 2 Pet. 3:15,16. 

    Choose a string of passages which deal with your weakness and attempt to work on the same weakness for a week or more. It will help you considerably rather than jumping from one weakness to another daily. 

    Finally, be honest with God and yourself. All your ways may seem right in your eyes (Prov. 16:2,12) but the heart is deceitful above all things (Jer. 17:9). You need the word of God to probe you (Heb. 4:12,13). Face up to the challenges. When God knows you wish to obey, He will reveal more to you (Jn. 7:17).

  4. Procedure: Meditation, Observation, Interpretation, Application, Memorization
  • MEDITATION: Write/copy out the verse

    Emphasize key words one by one - Find the meaning of words, phrases, clauses, etc - define key words. Examine the contrary side, opposite words. Then individualize the verse. Instead of “we” use “I” or your personal name. Find similarities, compare and contrast - think through words, etc. Apply to your life; tell others; enjoy God.

  • OBSERVATION:
Write out the verse in your own words to reflect what you understand God to be saying through the writer.
  • INTERPRETATION
Write out the timeless truths from the verse. Write out the results and effects of obedience (or disobedience) to that verse, e.g. Any examples, Scriptural or personal; What are the central facts, truths and lessons to be learnt?
  • APPLICATION:
Write out personal decisions to obey and apply that passage to your life, 1 Cor. 8:1; Jas. 4:17; Jn. 13:17, lest you deceive yourself, Jas. 1:22. Let it be personal: I must …; Practical - something you can do - Rom. 2:13; Measurable - give time limit; Possible - attainable; Control: What if you fail to apply it? Get a friend to supervise you. Pay a fine to that friend if you fail.
  • MEMORIZATION:

Ps. 119:11; Jesus’ example; Matt. 4:4,7,10. Write out the verse from memory and check it until it is word perfect. Bible verse memorization will: Keep sin out of your life, Ps. 119:11; Enable Holy Spirit to remind you of the words of Jesus, Jn. 14:26; Give you boldness when witnessing about Jesus; Enable you to challenge the devil and false teachers and stop their mouths, Matt. 22:29; Matt. 4:4, etc.

  • FINAL PRAYER:

Pray the application into yourself. Let it ring in you throughout the day. Write out and pray your prayer topics for the day.

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