Let’s talk about quiet time. I want this blog post to be real and not shy away from challenges or hard topics. If you are looking for a checklist on how to have a quiet time, this is not that. Instead this is a real account of my struggle with quiet time and what the Lord has taught me through that struggle.
Quiet time is hard:
If I am going to be completely honest, I have been putting off writing this post. Even as I sat down today to write it, I found myself very distracted. I believe this is a testament to the powers of satan. The enemy hates when you spend time with God, and he will do everything in his power to keep you from sitting down and truly seeking God. This is made evident by distractions, school work, tiredness, noise, and so many other things which try to grab our attention. This is why having a quiet time is hard work. You must have the discipline to ignore all those distractions and focus solely on God. Just like any friendship or relationship takes time, effort, and energy, so does our relationship with God. We cannot expect to grow in the relationship or become closer to Him unless we take the time necessary to develop that relationship. God is always ready to spend time with you, He treasures that time, and longs for us to be near to Him. It is important to start your quiet time by praying and asking God to remove all distractions from your mind. I struggled with removing the distractions from my quiet time for years, it was not until I asked God to teach me how to focus on Him alone that I started to have more meaningful and purposeful quiet times. I was no longer just checking a box saying I read my Bible that day, but instead I was removing myself from distractions and having intentional conversations with Him.
Quiet time is not about others:
Matthew 6: 5-7 says “ And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Quiet time is not something you announce to other and it is not something you show off on social media. Quiet time should be a special, intimate time with you and the Lord. It is a time to be real and raw with the Lord, a time to learn about Him, and to deepen your personal relationship. This is not to say we shouldn’t have accountability partners, or share something important we learned during this time with friends. The act of sitting down with the Lord and being with Him alone is so important and so awsome! God, the one who created you, wants to spend time with you one on one!! I think that is the coolest thing ever, that He desires time alone with me to reveal Himself, and teach me more about Him.
Quiet time is not about you:
Matthew 6: 7-8 says, “ And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Wow, how awesome is that!? God already knows what we need before we ask Him. He knows our every desire, every worry, and every want. The Lord has taught me that my quiet time should not just be me asking for things or focusing on myself; instead it should be a time when I get the opportunity to learn more about Him. He created us and knows every single thing about us. He does not need to get to know us better, we need to learn more about Him. During our quiet time we have the chance to grow in our relationship with the Lord by asking who He is! We are able to intimately know the creator of the universe by reading scripture and asking Him to speak to us, and reveal Himself!
Quiet time is necessary:
The rewards from spending time with the Lord are unmeasurable. I can normally see this very clearly in how my day seems to fall apart if I do not take time to spend with the Lord. I can point to times in my life when I struggled in school and relationships because I was not taking time to do my quiet time. It is hard for us to comprehend this, but our time on earth is so temporary compared to our time in eternity with God. How small of us to think our daily tasks and earthy responsibilities take precedent to spending time with God. Jesus set the example for us while He was on Earth for how to spend time with God.
We can see this in Matthew 14:22-23 “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.”
And also in Matthew 26: 36 “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
Jesus, the son of God spent time alone to pray and be with His Father. We need to do the same!
Having a daily quiet time was something I struggled with for many years. It is so important for our walk with Christ and to deepen our relationship with Him. It is also such a blessing and treasure to have one on one time with the Lord. Today, ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in quiet time, and to remove distractions that are hindering our time with Him!