Last time we learnt about the importance of having a quiet time. However, there is having a quiet time and there is having an effective quiet time.
Everyone has their own way of interacting with God, but there are general points that I will address, which should be incorporated into your time with God.
Hands up, if you are guilty of saying a quick prayer and maybe if you got time, reading a short passage and then going about your day without even taking time to hear from God? The truth is many of us are, and I didn’t break this habit until I realised the importance of the word ‘priorities’, and I had to make a personal decision to put God first above anything else in my life.
There are three strategies that Bishop Dag Heward-Mills gives in his book ‘Quiet time’ (It is an ultimate must have book) and it is from this book that I have drawn my inspiration.
There is having a quiet time and there is having an effective quiet time.
Primarily, you should set a practical, unchangeable and regular time for your quiet time and withdraw from the presence of other people. This is important because it ensures that you make time to spend with God even within a busy schedule. The best time is to have it in the morning because it sets the tone for the day, for example Moses had his quiet time in the morning and he was instructed to go alone (Exodus 34:2-3).
Finally, you should create an atmosphere that will make it easy for you to connect with God. The easiest way to do this is to have some time of praise and worship. I am greatly inspired by the way David worshipped the Lord, 2 Samuel 6:14 depicts that David danced with all his might and it’s with this intensity that we should worship the lord, not a quick one minute prayer to tick the box that you have prayed for the day. Though no matter how long or short prayer is still prayer, it is still important to spend more time praying and worshipping the Lord, in order to make sure that we are being led by his Spirit and not the flesh because those that are led by the spirit of God they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14).
Today, we have learnt the three basic strategies for having an effective quiet time;
- Set a practical, unchangeable and regular time.
- Withdraw from the presence of other.
- Set the right atmosphere for receiving word from God.
Still to come is the steps to follow after these strategies have been implemented.
Have a good weekend guys:)1