DEVELOP A QUIET TIME

BIBLICAL AND PRACTICAL STEPS TO HELP YOU BEFORE PRAYER AND READING THE BIBLE.


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Eight steps to help you develop a quiet time.

Begin with prayer. As you open God’s Word, pause and ask Him to “open your
spiritual eyes to see wonderful things and open your ears to hear His voice”.

Always remember, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are on
the Bus.” Although I want to encourage you to protect your personal time in the Word every day, we all have our low times, we fall off the bus.

Hop back on. When you do miss, whether it is just a few days or a few weeks, don’t
try to catch up. Just start reading the current day and keep going from there. You
might have time to backtrack later on, but do not stress over it. Remember “This is not a notch on your belt.” Our goal is fellowship, not the accomplishment.

Personalize the pace. Be realistic about your journey. For those new to Bible reading, mothers of young children, and students with a lot of homework you may decide to read only through the New Testament portion this year. This reading segment will take just 5-7 minutes. It is much better to be consistent with a smaller portion than to be overwhelmed with too much.

Paper and Pen. If you pick up a pen and write the date in your notebook, you have put yourself in the mode to “pay attention”. What you are saying to God and yourself is that you expect God to show you something or say something in His Word that is worth writing down and remembering. When you write something down you more than double your retention. As you write one thought, often you will see other facets of it expand and grow to sweet, deep understanding.

Find a time. Everyone has a personal rhythm. Some are morning people, some are
night owls. Both types can buy an inexpensive alarm clock and set it for a certain time each day. This small action can help you protect your “personal appointment with Jesus.”

Prepare a Place. Keeping your ONE YEAR BIBLE, notebook, and pen in a certain place, all the time is a tremendous help. You can go right there and just jump in. You will find that you start viewing that place as special and Holy.

The Search for answers. A quick review of the following questions before you read
every day will help you anticipate and be excited about your reading:

  1. Is there any sin mentioned in my reading that I need to confess, and ask for forgiveness?
  2. Did I see anything that pointed out any error in my actions or attitude?
  3. What changes do I need to make in my life?
  4. What can I do to follow the Godly examples I see given in the Scriptures?
  5. How can I go about putting this into practice in my life?
  6. What did I learn about God today in my reading?
  7. What did I learn as lessons about life?
  8. What did I learn about myself, my attitudes, my priorities, fears, failures, desires, mission, destiny?
  9. What is God showing me to apply from my reading?
  10. What examples do I see to follow or avoid?
  11. Were there any warnings from God in my daily reading?
  12. What Promises did God give in my daily reading?
  13. What can I take from my reading and pray back to God for understanding, instruction, or help?


FINISHING YOUR READING TIME WITH PRAYER

  • Praise and thank God for what He is.
  • Praise and thank God for what He is doing in your life.
  • Reflect on what God has shown you.
  • Repent of any sin.
  • Ask God for help, strength, and guidance.
  • Tell God what you need.
  • Yield to Him.
  • Trust Him to work in your heart and in the events of your daily life.

BUILDING YOUR LIFE ON THE ROCK

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
MATTHEW 7:21 (NLT) New Living Translation

On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’
MATTHEW 7:22 (NLT) New Living Translation

But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
MATTHEW 7:23 (NLT) New Living Translation

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
MATTHEW 7:24 (NLT) New Living Translation

Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.
MATTHEW 7:25 (NLT) New Living Translation

But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.
MATTHEW 7:26 (NLT) New Living Translation

When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
MATTHEW 7:27 (NLT) New Living Translation



BIBLICAL RESOURCES

FACTS ABOUT PRAYER

Prayer changes us. Prayer will open the door for God to do a glorious work in these last days. Prayer will stem the tide of evil.

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THOUGHTS ON PRAYER

This prayer guide is a practical tool to help you recognize the specific issues included in the Lord’s Prayer.

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THE LORD'S PRAYER

Pastor Chuck Smith said, ``Today we are living in desperate times. Yet, the Church is not desperate before God in Prayer.``

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READ THE BIBLE

If you have 20 minutes a day, our Reading Through Bible Ministry is a one year plan to read through the entire Bible.

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WANT TO KNOW GOD?

You were created to know God in a personal way—to have a relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ. How do you start a relationship with God?

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