Today we will consider some tips that could help us in our personal quiet time with God.
Eddie Rasnake wrote:’ What you do when you spend time with God is not nearly so important as that you spend time with God. Spiritual growth is not the result of a dramatic experience, but a lot of small steps. You cannot be changed by one experience into spiritual maturity any more than you can become a full-grown adult by eating one meal… Think of spending time with God as one meal in the whole plan of your spiritual nutrition. If you are doing something that isn’t satisfying your spiritual hunger, then change your diet. But whatever you do – don’t give up eating.
Bearing in mind what we seen yesterday, that it is impossible for a believer, no matter what his experience, to keep right with God if he will not take the trouble to spend time with God. Satan will fight you as much as possible to keep you from your daily meeting with the Lord. He hates nothing more than seeing a Christian getting down to business with God, because he knows that such believers are dangerous to his kingdom of darkness. Here are a few problem we can face when trying to make our quiet time.
The Battle of the Blankets
Almost every morning you will be tempted to hit the snooze button and sleep in, shorten or miss your time with God. Resist at all costs! Go to bed early enough and with thoughts of Scripture (the night before leave your Bible open to the passage you’ll read in the morning) and get out of bed immediately when you wake up!
Does your mind easily wander? Make sure you are ready. Try praying out loud in a whisper to help you stay alert when sleepy. Avoid having your quiet time in bed. Take a shower, drink some coffee or tea, and keep a notebook handy so that when your mind wanders to a task that you need to do that day you can write it down, and then forget about it until later. Take control of wandering thoughts. Keep bringing your mind back to focusing on spending time with God.
Sometimes you won’t feel like you are getting anything out of your daily devotions. Just realize that obedience to truth is more important than following your emotions. Feelings come and go but the Word of the Lord endures forever (1 Peter 1:25). If you only had a quiet time when you felt like it, the enemy would make sure you never felt like it. Dryness can be caused by:
- Disobedience – is there unconfessed sin in your life?
- Your Physical Condition – Are you getting enough rest?
- Rushing – Don’t try to do too many things or make your quiet time over complicated. Be simple and enjoy God.
- Routine – You have to watch out for staleness. Try a new way of studying, praying, worship. (we will consider these later).
- Selfishness – Start sharing your insights with others. Don’t hog them!
Isn’t strange how many distraction we can face before and during our quiet time. Turn off your phone, leave facebook and twitter until after your quiet time (the world can wait for your status update). If you think of things you need to do, just write them down and deal with them later.