THE BASICS OF HAVING A QUIET TIME WITH GOD
“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” Mark 1:35–38 (NLT)
Notice Jesus’ pattern:
1. PREPARE your attitude to be right.
Jesus never saw this as a chore to do, but as an encounter with His Father. This time flows from a heart of love for God. You love God, so you want to be with Him. Ask God to help you love Him more and the things of this world, less.
2. Jesus made this time with God the Father a PRIORITY.
Jesus got up a little earlier than he normally did to spend time in prayer with the Father focusing on His will.
3. Jesus selected a PLACE where He would be ALONE.
Jesus got away from the distractions of life. Make sure your place is free from distractions – anything that would get your attention off of Jesus and on to it.
4. Read God’s Word, the Bible, with a PLAN.
Jesus is the living Word of God, He didn’t need a Bible, He is God who gave us the Bible. We need the Bible to know God’s will for our lives and to help us encounter Him. Don’t skip around the Bible or open it up and look for a verse like you are cracking open a fortune cookie. Each book of the Bible has special themes. You wouldn’t read a novel by flipping through the pages to find a verse or two. The Bible is a library of books. Read the Bible systematically. The first 3 chapters of the Bible (Genesis 1-3) explain the source of the problems we have in this life, the rest of the Bible is about God intervening in the life of rebellious humanity to bring people back to a personal relationship with Him. For background reading to better understand the New Testament read the Genesis and Exodus chapters 1-23.
Begin reading in the New Testament, the second half, where the life of Jesus is recorded. Read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, and Romans over and over again. This is the core of the Scriptures. Read as many chapters as you feel up to.
5. Do Like Jesus, PRAY.
Yes you can pray in your own words. God knows you, don’t try to impress Him with big words or fancy prayers. Here is what you pray.
- Confess your sins to God and ask Him for forgiveness. See 1 John 1:7-10.
- Tell God how much you love and appreciate Him.
- Thank Him for all of His blessings in your life.
- Ask Him for protection from Evil and from making unwise decisions.
- Tell God what your needs are in life and ask Him to help you. See Matthew 6.
- Ask Him to help you know Him better today.
6. Rise up in Faith knowing God’s PURPOSE for you.
Do like Jesus, rise up in faith, obeying what God has told you.
- Believe God’s Word.
- Believe that God is going to help you
- Obey what He has revealed in His Word and prayer that He wants you to do.
I hope this helps you spend meaningful time with God!