The Importance of Quiet Time
The Importance of Quiet Time
One might ask why I decided to write about something that should be so ubiquitous within a follower of Christ’s life that they do not even have to think about carving out time to do it anymore. It is precisely because we often do not think about quiet times that I want to try to give a brief foray into what one might look like today. Let us dive right in, shall we?
First off, what is a quiet time? A quiet time is simply a period of time that one sets aside to spend with the Lord alone. To have a quiet time, one must simply be engaging with the Lord while they are alone, preferably physically, but at least mentally. There are three main components to a quiet time: prayer, scripture, and meditation. I will briefly cover each component.
Prayer: When we pray, we are in direct communication with God. This is the portion of one’s quiet time where confession, praise, worship, prayer for others, and prayer for self occurs. It is my opinion that we should come before God with a clean heart. I always begin my prayers with confession, asking God to give me absolution for my sins. The importance of prayer cannot be understated. I have many previous blogs which cover prayer in more depth should you be interested. My Prayer Power series might be a good place to start.
Scripture: One of the primary ways God speaks to us is through scripture. When we read the Bible, we are reading the words that inform us of the character of God. While we can certainly see God in the world around us, there is perhaps no more direct way than interfacing with God’s word. For me, I use the YouVersion app because of the large amount of translations, ability to make friends with others and share scripture, and the ability to engage in custom reading plans which guide you through specific topics. For instance, I am reading a plan that discusses meditation at the moment.
Meditation: Meditation is often the component we leave out in quiet times. Meditation is the means through which we learn. I can read a history textbook, but I will not learn very much until I sit down and reflect upon the notes that I took. In this aspect, it might be a good idea to take notes of what you read when you engage with scripture. Write down some questions to apply to each week’s reading. How does this apply to your life? How does this passage point to Jesus? How might this passage be read in a cultural context? These are good ways to bolster up one’s understanding of the material as well as retaining the content which one read.
Now that we have discussed the components of a quiet time, let us discuss on when we should have a quiet time. From my experience, there are three general times people choose for the quiet times. Many people choose to have their quiet times in the morning. I have find that the morning time is the most effective time for me to have a quiet time because I am not distracted by anything yet. There is also something to be said for setting the tone for the day by starting it with God. Others might choose to have their quiet time during lunch. Those who have difficulty with getting up in the morning might find this time more preferable. One also might choose to have their quiet time before they go to sleep. I have found difficulty with this time because I tend to fall asleep while I am in my quiet time.
One you have chosen your time, you then have to choose how long you want to spend in quiet time. The more you put in, the more you will get out. I think forty-five minutes to an hour is the most effective length for a quiet time. If that length of time sound intimidating, start out with ten minutes. Each week, increase your quiet time length by five minutes until you are spending enough time to where your quiet time feels effective at getting you in a Godly mindset.
Some people have difficult schedules. Whether you work third shift, have school, or a long drive, there is always an excuse we can find not to have a quiet time. If there really is no possible way for you to set aside a dedicated piece of quiet time, there are a few tricks I have found that can still allow you to have some alone-time with God.
The Shower: Most people take anywhere from ten to twenty minutes to shower. During this time, you could listen to an audio version of the Bible, listen to praise music, or pray while you shower.
The Car: On the commute to and fro from work, turn off the radio and spend some time praying, meditating, listening to the Bible, listening to sermons, or worshipping.
Breaks: Most people get anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour for a break. Whether it be lunch break or just some time to sit down for a few minutes, breaks can easily be turned into time for God. In addition to getting your quiet time in, I found that the Word refreshes me spiritually and mentally and can help you if you are having a tough time.
A quiet time should not be an option for a believer. If we are to have a relationship with God, we should be spending time building it. You did not become friends with your friends by not talking
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