Our quiet time with the Lord is the most beneficial part of our day. Knowing how to spend that quality time One-on-one with our Maker is important. Below are five steps I have done that I want to share with you. I hope that it will give you encouragement and ideas.
1. Establish a time of day and stick with it. This is the easiest and the hardest step. Setting a time is easy, but sticking to it is a different story. I am well aware of this fact and guilty of not sticking to it as well as I should. I know everyone has their days when they don’t stick with their particular time, but asking God to help us keep that time sacred will most likely make a huge difference.
I find that first thing in the morning is the best – and my favorite – time for doing my quiet time. Kick-start my day off with the Word of Life! It can possibly make the difference between a good day or a bad one.
2. READ your Bible. Pretty obvious, right? I love doing Bible studies, but I find that for my own personal quiet time with the Lord using just my Bible is my favorite way to go. But it will be different for everyone. There are so many different devotionals and studies that you can find online or at your local Christian bookstore.
3. Scripture memory. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” That is exactly what we should do. Hide God’s Word in our hearts. Memorize it. Find a way that works best for you. For some, reciting it over is the best way to learn. Others may learn best by writing it down. Start small. One verse at a time. Then, as you’re feeling more confident, starting memorizing larger portions. Some suggested passages:
-Galatians 5:22-26 (Fruit of the Spirit)
-Ephesians 6:10-18 (Armour of God)
-1 Corinthians 13
4. Prayer. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS PRAY! Most of the time, I do my prayer after my Bible reading and memory, asking that God would help me to apply anything I might have learned to my daily life, along with any number of other things I might have to pray about. This is your time of direct communication with your Savior, so I truly believe it is one of the most important parts of quiet time with God.
5. Journaling. I usually journal in the morning and at night. This is one of the easiest ways for me to communicate my thoughts and feelings to God. It’s almost like a second prayer time, I suppose. Writing things out is a way for me to try to make sense of certain situations. I like to think it’s a way God helps me get a sense of direction in times that I need it.
I encourage you to keep a journal, especially if you are a lover of words, like me. It has proven to be a very beneficial part of my quiet time.
What do you do to spend quality quiet time with your heavenly Father? I would love to hear from you!