“Quiet time”??? What is it?
A time to be quiet?
Peace before, during or after a ‘long’ day?
Who stepped away from thronging crowds? Even close friends – His disciples. To spend time with the “Totality” of Himself?
“And he withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed.”
The most riproaring testimony is this:
“Jesus was accompanied by three Apostles: Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where He felt overwhelming sadness and anguish, and said “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by.”
Again, in His “quiet time” (wracked with weeping and Hematidrosis – sweating blood. Quiet times DO NOT have to be ‘quiet’! You are speaking TO, and by His awesome grace WITH God!)
The example here is that when He withdrew again an angel came and comforted Him!
“And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Now, we read of ‘distractions’ in our way:
“And when He rose up from prayer, and was come to His disciples, He found them sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
We could go on… but, not again who was present with Him! Peter! Who denied Jesus three times!
God knows ALL! Even before it occurs! For example, many of your “acts” are known before you perform them! Are you, you?
IF people were to ‘predict’ how you would ‘act’ if presented or challenged with a particular situation; would they be right? Usually! The answer is. These are PEOPLE! He who created you from the cell up, and has watched you and your responses to all – knows you intimately!
Psalm 139 states:
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You [a]comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have [b]hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
We are KNOWN! Hook, line and sinker! We could pray this and it is an awesome place to start!
From the Bible, we understand how to spend quiet time with God. Jesus gave us examples in the Gospels where He stepped away from the limelight, retreating to a quiet place to commune with His Father. These quiet times spent with God had some very important elements in common.
Jesus understood the importance of truly knowing the Father. The elements of how to spend quiet time with God are threefold: The place is free of distractions, use of prayer and thanksgiving, and use of God’s Word.
An Area Free of Distraction
– Each time Jesus wanted to spend time with His Father, He always retreated to a secluded area free from distractions. He could talk with God, and listen to Him as well. The same is true of us. Our quiet times with God should be in a place where we are alone with no TV, radio or phone — NO distractions! Only God and us.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Prayer and Thanksgiving – Jesus’ prayers were not always for Himself, but for others. In our quiet time spent with God, we use Jesus’ example by offering prayers for others and thanksgiving to God (remember? “Give thanks in ALL things”) for ALL He has done for us.
These prayers should also include a time of reflection on how God has seen us through the good and bad (ALL) times.
“Meditate on The Word day and night…” Ring a bell? Being able to see God in all situations in our lives causes us to grow – hopefully maturing in God; not away from Him.
God’s Word –
Just as our bodies need food to keep it going, we need to spend quality time with God to feed our souls. Jesus often quoted from God’s Word in His quiet times. Quiet time with God is also a time to read God’s Word. If we don’t understand a certain passage of Scripture, we can ask God to help us understand it. It is through daily prayer and reading God’s Word that we will grow in our walk with God.
These are elements of spending quiet time alone with God. The importance is setting time aside each day to talk with God, because this is the best way to draw close to Him.
James 1:5 tells us that if you ask for wisdom, God will give it generously without finding fault: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Act more in daily prayer, a key way to start the day!
– We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, The Creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, Loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, you are right where you should be.