I’m a firm believer that a personal, daily quiet time with the Lord is key to growing stronger in your faith & closer to God. Laced throughout His Word, God explains to us that in order to do just that, He urges us to spend quality time with Him. I mean, don’t we do that any way with our family, friends, & significant others? So why not God?
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” -Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
God’s Word is our guidebook for living out our Christian walk correctly & victoriously. Getting into His Word each & every day equips us to do just that.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
Along those same lines, God’s Word teaches us & equips us for our day; to do the work God has called us to do. It makes us aware of our short comings & teaches us how to do things right in life.
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” -John 15:1-8 (NLT)
Not only must we remain in God’s Word, but we also must remain in fellowship with Christ. Clinging to Him at the foot of His cross. Apart from Him, we cannot produce any good fruit. I love this verse because it reminds me how much I need to be connected with Him each & every day.
“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” -Mark 1:35
Here is the best reason why we should be having a daily quiet time with God; because Jesus did! Even though He is God, He saw the importance in it, and He led us by example to do the same.
I see a huge change in my day when I take the time to spend time with God that morning compared to when I don’t. I can testify that when I don’t take some quiet time with God that morning, things affect me more than they should, I tend to get a bit sassy & snappy, and there have been days when I just couldn’t shake off the funk. But when I do have my daily quiet time with God, I’m starting my day off with a healthy, balanced meal of God’s Word that really kick starts my day & lasts me throughout.
Everyone is different in how they learn & how they benefit from spending time with God. Therefore, there are multiple ways in which you can go about developing the habit of cutting out that time in your morning to spend a daily quiet time with God. In fact, I change things up every now & then as life around me changes.
So, today I want to share with you 5 ways to spend quiet time with God each morning in hopes that it can help you develop your own daily habit:
1. Online Devotionals
There are a multitude of online devotionals that bloggers, pastors, writers, & Christian companies have developed for convenience & a more in-depth study of God’s Word. My two favorite are She Reads Truth & IF:Equip. I signed up for their e-newsletters, so every morning bright & early, their devotional gets pushed to my inbox & when I wake up its there for me to hop out of bed & into a personal quiet time with God.
2. Book-by-Book Method
Take one book of the Bible and dissect it one chapter at a time, verse by verse each morning. This is one of my favorite methods of bible study because it’s just me, God, & the Holy Spirit. Before I start each morning, I ask that the Holy Spirit reveal to me the one thing God wants me to chew on throughout the day. And He has never disappointed!! Questions that I ask myself when doing the book-by-book method are: What characteristics of God do I see in this chapter? How can I/does this apply to my life today? What does this verse say about my relationship with God?
You can picture journaling in many different ways: writing love letters to God, a way to let Him know what’s on your mind, an outlet to lift up your concerns & longings, or just a space to get real with God. I love journaling because it keeps a record of where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. I’m a huge doodler as well, so if I have the time, I love to take a bible verse & do a little hand lettering/doodling of the verse, allowing it to creatively take root inside my heart & mind. It’s amazing what God reveals to me when I doodle his Word!
4. 365 Devos (To the Next Level!)
There are a plethora of 365 devos out there; like the Jesus Calling series, to name one. These devotionals are great for those who don’t have a lot of time in the morning. But here’s a challenge, take it up a notch by writing on a notecard how you can apply what you just read to your life TODAY, and pray that God reminds you throughout your day. Take that card with you wherever you go so that even though you had a quick session with God, you don’t forget about the life changing truths that were planted on your heart that morning.
5. Prayer Patterns
It’s important to get into God’s Word each morning, but like it says in John 15:1-8, it’s also important to just abide in Him. To be still & breathe in His presence through prayer & silence. This is a current practice I’m working on developing into a habit. But I find that prayer patterns are a really good way to help develop & strengthen those muscles into a healthy prayer life. Some examples of prayer patterns are: A.C.T.S (Adoration > Confession > Thanksgiving > Supplication) -or- P.R.A.I.S.E. (Praise > Repentance > Ask > Intercede > Speak the Word > Enjoy His Presence). You’ll be in awe as you watch how the Holy Spirit strengthens your prayer life as you practice these patterns.
My prayer is that each & every one of you get into the habit of taking time each morning to spend quiet time with God. This one habit will do amazing things with your spiritual life, relationship, and emotional health. I’m living testimony that that time with God is never wasted time no matter how rushed or out of time you’re feeling.
How do you have a daily quiet time with God?