The most important ingredient of our quiet time is our heart attitude.
In order for our time with the Lord to have a transforming effect, we
must truly have a heart that is hungering for Him. Seek with all that
you are to truly meet with the Lord. Be assured that He is "...a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." – Hebrews 11:6.
good devotional time starts long before you enter it. I have found
amazing results from turning my heart to the Lord in prayer and
meditating on Scripture as I fall asleep at night. When I wake up, my
spirit is already in fellowship with the Lord! (Also, get to bed at a
good time so that you are awake and alert for your time with Him.)
you wake up, immediately turn your heart to the Lord in prayer. Roll
out of bed and land on your knees – keep praying. Tell the Lord good
morning, that you love Him, thank Him for the new day, commit yourself
and the day to Him. Seek to come into fellowship with the Lord before
you see anyone else. It is a perfect start to the day!
Either continue on in your devotions right then, or get ready for the day so that you are awake for quality time with the Lord.
a quiet place (if possible) where you can be with the Lord and hear from Him. My two
favorite places for my quiet time are my bedroom, and a bench in our yard.
Schedule your time with the Lord generally so that you
can make the most of it, and so that you can get everything in.
(Otherwise, if you are like me, you may tend to drift, or find that all
your time is spent on one thing while other things are missed.) For
example, if you have thirty minutes for your quiet time, you could spend
ten minutes praying, ten minutes reading your Bible, and ten minutes
memorizing and meditating on Scripture, and recording what the Lord has
shown you in your devotions.I have chosen to do most of my Scripture
memory during the day by carrying the verse(s) I am memorizing with me
on a piece of paper. This way I can spend more time in prayer. Find what
works best for you with the time that you have! (I just gave the thirty
minutes as an example for how to segment your time – if you can spend
more time with the Lord, that's great!)
It is so key to start
your devotions by coming into the Lord’s presence and fellowshipping
with Him through prayer. This way your spirit is in tune with Him as you
read His Word. I have found it beneficial, though, to save the majority
of my prayer time until after I have read my Bible. This helps me to
avoid getting lost in prayer and running out of time to read my Bible.
Reading Scripture before the majority of my prayer time also helps me to
focus better in prayer and to know how to pray.
Before you read
your Bible, ask the Lord to speak to you through His Word – to help you
to know Him more, to open your eyes to understand what you read, and to
show you how to live. It is amazing the things that God has to show us
if we will simply ask Him and search His Word! His Word is so living,
and I am constantly learning how personally it applies to every part of
my life! (You will find it a priceless treasure to keep a journal of
things that the Lord has shown you, so that you can remember them for
years to come!)
Once your Bible reading is finished, pray. As you
pray, remember that the Lord is right there with you. He listens to
every word you say, knows how you are feeling, and always has the
perfect solution. Prayer is made up of many parts, including pouring out
your heart to the Lord, praising Him, dwelling/abiding in His presence,
listening for Him to speak to you, bringing your requests before Him,
examining yourself before Him, confessing and repenting of any sin He
reveals to you, worshiping Him for who He is, and thanking Him. I have
also found great blessing in singing hymns to the Lord and in praying
His Word to Him.
A consistent balance of all these things is
essential to a well-rounded, vibrant, and stable walk with the Lord. We
need so much to be in fellowship with Him, to share our heart with Him,
and to have Him speak to us! As we spend time with the Lord and
experience the priceless treasure of His presence, we can’t help but
long for our time with Him.
"But without faith it is
impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He
is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." ~ Hebrews 11:6
If you find yourself still having a hard time being consistent in this
precious time with the Lord, find someone to keep you accountable for
having a daily quiet time. Often knowing that another person will be
checking up on us gives us the extra motivation we need to do something!
you have allowed your quiet time with the Lord to slip from your daily
schedule, you can start fresh now! Our Lord is so faithful to us even
when we are not faithful to Him. He delights when we return to our times
with Him. He is not waiting for you with His arms crossed and a
frowning reprimand for your inconsistency. Rather, He is there with open
arms and great delight to have you with Him again. We have no reason
not to run into His presence with a renewed resolve to consistently have
a quiet time with Him!
As we take this daily quiet time with the
Lord, let us remember the reason we are doing it. It is to know our
Lord in a deeper way and to be transformed more and more into His image.
The exciting thing is, our devotions are not the end of our time with
the Lord – they are simply a springboard to a day of fellowship with
This time in the presence of our loving Lord is something we
cannot afford to forgo. Seek with all that you are to have this vital
time with Him, dear sisters! It will transform your life, bless you, and
cause you to know the Lord like never before. There is truly nothing
more important in life! When we stand before our Lord at the end of this
life, we will not regret a minute that we have spent in time alone with
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." ~ Jeremiah 29:13