If someone ever asks you, “How was your quiet time today?” don’t let it catch you off guard. It’s ok if you don’t know what a “quiet time” is.
As in a time where there is no noise?!
When and how and where?
“Quiet time” is one of those Christianese phrases that Christians use often, alongside other classic phrases and words like “fellowship,” “accountability partners,” “hedge of protection,” and “traveling mercies.” To many people outside the church, the meanings of these phrases are mysterious. Let me explain…
Around the beginning of this year I blogged about some good practices when it comes to Bible reading, prayer, and Scripture memory, but I recently had someone ask about “quiet times,” so I thought I’d elaborate on that idea for a minute.
I’m not sure where the phrase got started, but I know Who started the practice.
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
Luke 5:16 (NLT)
This was a pretty common practice of His (see Luke 6:12, 9:28, Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35-36, 6:46, and John 6:15). Jesus regularly made time to get away for some quiet time with God.
Here’s the bottom line: If Jesus needed to regularly set time aside to quietly talk with His Father, we certainly need it too!
Any time will work since God never sleeps. However, I recommend finding a consistent time of the day that works for you, then creating a habit around that time. That shouldn’t be the only time of the day you talk to God, but it should be a consistent one.
We all have a list of excuses as to why we can’t find the time for something like this. Here’s the reality: you will not find time; you will need to make time. You make time for what’s most important. It’s never a lack of time; it’s a lack of priority.
Talk to God through prayer. Listen to God by reading the Bible. It’s that simple. You can also journal, go through an accompanying Bible commentary, keep record of things you’re praying for and how God answers them, and so much more. It’s not about checking a box; it’s about developing a relationship.