One of the toughest things for anyone to do is develop a consistent and healthy quiet time. Now, this is the toughest thing for believers, but it is also the most important thing for believers. I am a student pastor, and let me be transparent with you, it can be tough for the pastors as well as the congregation. We all are super busy, but I want to encourage you not to overlook the importance of your personal quiet time. I am going to share a few thoughts on the importance of developing a healthy quiet time that I have learned over the years.
1. Have a set time. When I was a student, I would try and have a quiet time, and I would do it sometimes in the morning, at nigt, afternoon, etc. There was never a set time, and I feel that hurt me in consistency. It is so important to have a set time each day. I became more consistent in my quiet time when I locked down an exact time that I would sit down and do my quiet time. I decided on in the morning after I got completely ready. That is when I spend time with God each day.
2. Have a set place. I sit in the same chair every morning and do my quiet time. We are “habit formed” people. We react well to habits. When something becomes consistent for us, we react well to that. Naturally, we are not big on change, and this is why it is important to have a set time and a set place.
3. Have a set plan. Your plan is important! Now, sometimes, God changes your plan, and He has something else in store, and that is a good thing. I developed a very basic plan my senior year in high school that helps me. I will share it with you. When I get totally ready (I am talking shoes on and everything), I sit down in the exact same chair and do my quiet time. I first sit their quietly and ease my mind. I wait in silence just to stop thinking about anything, and begin to focus on my relationship with Christ. I then, always start with examining myself. I allow the Lord to examine my heart, my mind, my conversation, my time, and my passion each and every day. Why is this important? Sin breaks our fellowship with God so I want to make sure each morning, I spend quality time in confessing my sin so that I can be in good fellowship with God for Him to speak to me. Then, I praise God for taking me back each and every day after sin. I praise Him for Salvation and for who He is! Then, I look into the Word. The Word is so important, because this is how He speaks to His people and shows us how to live. I read the particular passage twice to make sure I understand it. I then look at how to apply this to my life. We should get something from our quiet time every day that we can apply to our lives. Then, I spend time in prayer for application and for the filling of the Spirit. I also end in prayer for our church and for the students in the Grove.
Now, your plan may be different. One thing that has worked for me in the past is music and singing to the Lord. I still occasionally do this. There are a whole lot of good plans and methods for developing a healthy quiet time. The key is find one that works for you and do it consistently!