Meeting with God every day, consistently, is of utmost importance to every believer.
Many call this daily meeting “quiet time”. Quiet time is a period of the day, usually in the morning for most people, but it can be any time, that a believer sets aside (consecrates) for meeting with the Lord. During this time the believer prays and talks to God the Father and reads his Word.
This is not the only time a believer prays. We should pray all day, constantly conversing with our Father in Heaven. It is, however, a time when the believer gives to God his full attention. There are several things a believer will want to address in his conversation with God.
God Almighty is worthy of praise for just being God. Take the time to reflect on who God really is and how awesome he is. Do not forget who you are and how you compare to the great I AM. This helps the believer keep proper perspective in life.
During this time, a believer should reflect on the things God has done for him, thanking God for each blessing. This helps the believer remember God’s faithfulness and helps him lean on God for aid in future struggles.
Forgiveness and Improvement
The believer should ask God’s assistance in searching his own soul for sin and areas where he can improve, asking God for forgiveness and help in becoming less like himself and more like Christ. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us. (1 John 1:9) Every believer should desire to die to self and live in Christ. (John 3:30)
Make no mistake, Satan is out to destroy us all. It is vital to seek God’s help against all temptation, especially those you know you are weakest to. (Matthew 6:13)
Supplication for Oneself
Our help and our portion is from the Lord alone. (Psalm 142:5) He supplies us with all we need. (Matthew 6:25-34) So cast all your concerns and cares to the Lord, because he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Supplication for Others
Pray for others, because your prayers can help them more than you realize. (James 5:16)We should not look out only for us, but care for others also. (Philippians 2:4)
Take time to be Silent
Finally, remember that all prayer, but especially this one, should be a conversation, not a monologue. Take time to be silent as well as speak, allow the Spirit of God to work in you, and you might be surprised to find the Lord has things to reveal to you as well. At this time more than others, when you are at rest and quiet, God can call to your mind by his Spirit things you need to know. People you need to pray for, and convict you of things you are hiding. Allow the Lord time to speak.
Spend time in the Word
The other part of quiet time is spending time in the Word. From time to time, at church and other places, the believer may open his copy of the Bible for study or reference. But the Word is alive, and each believer should spend time each day simply reading from the Word, which God himself breathed into existence. (2 Timothy 3:16) The Word is the best way to know God’s will and it is how God chooses to communicate directly and clearly with you. Spending time in the Word is spending time with God.
Keep your Appointment
It does not matter what time you set for this, but you must keep your appointments. Delaying or putting off the time often leads to it disappearing all together, and even if you do succeed in delaying but still having it, you have insulted God by telling him he is not as important as your schedule. Meeting with God should be our top priority every day.
In my own life, I admit, my quiet time has had its ups and downs. There have been periods where I was consistently spending quality time with God every day, and my life was active and filled with joy. I had confidence the world could not explain. The times where I foolishly allowed that time to go by the wayside, my life became dull. I became fearful and inconsistent in my walk with Christ.
Recently, I have had a revival in my quiet time, and I do not intend to allow it to go by the wayside again. Once again, I have become more active, joyful, and confident because I meet with my Lord, Father, and best friend every day.
I encourage you to revive your quiet time if it is waning, and to start one if it is lacking. You will reap blessings if you do.