Most Christians know what is meant by “quiet time.” We all need that time in which we are alone and going before God. This precious time is meant to be spiritually refreshing. What does a “quiet time” look like?
Not a One-Size-Fits-All
As people, God created us all with different qualities and personalities. Although many of us have much in common, we still do lots of things differently. Why in the world would we expect our relationships with Jesus to all be exactly the same? That expectation is completely unrealistic.
Not everyone has the exact same schedule. Some people love to pray, read the Bible, and spend time with Jesus early in the morning because that is the time when they feel fresh. Others do not prefer mornings and operate at a much better capacity late in the evenings. In my humble opinion, I do not believe the time of day is what matters. I believe it is going before the Lord giving Him our best time which looks different for everyone.
What does a person do at this time?
While it is fine to look at what others do during their times with the Lord simply as an example, it is important to be led by the Holy Spirit for yourself. Some people spend that time just sitting quietly before God enjoying the gift of simply being with Him. Others spend that time praying for others as well as themselves. There are many people who use the scriptures as prayers, and there are people who do a combination of these things.
Personally, my quiet time does not always look the same. There are some days that I spend a few minutes in prayer concerning my day and other requests. Next, I will spend time reading and studying the Bible. Other times, I will simply give praise to God while listening to praise and worship music. Then, there are times when I do all of those things as time permits.
Keep Communication Open
It is vital for a Christian to keep communication lines open with the Lord throughout the day even when the quiet time is over. I have sat quietly before the Lord waiting for an answer I needed only to go on about my business and hear from Him when I least expected. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing, so we can still speak to God while we are going about other activities.
If we can always speak with God, why have a quiet time? The answer is simple. We need the time of rest in His presence. We need a time of simply being still physically speaking so we can tune out other distractions. This precious time gives us spiritual strength and refreshing, and that is something we cannot afford to go without.
What about you? What does your quiet time with God look like?