What exactly is a Christian quiet time?
Quiet time is time set aside for one-on-one interaction with God and his word. It is intended to assist Christians in growing in their relationship with God. This can be accomplished through prayer or by meditating on scripture.
Quiet time is an essential part of any Christian's walk with Christ. It is critical that we have intentional quiet time with the Lord.
The Advantages of Quiet Time
We commit to having a regular quiet time in order to strengthen our relationship with Christ. And as a result of that connection, we personally grow and gain the ability to build the kingdom. However, there are other significant advantages to establishing a consistent time with God.
1. It builds self-discipline
In his letter to his co-minister named Titus, Paul laid out his expectations for the kinds of people he wanted to see leading churches. He told Titus that they should be, “hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined” (Titus 1:8). The need to have willpower and constraint makes the list twice.
Like pushing ourselves to get up in the morning and go to the gym even when we don't feel like it, sticking to quiet times builds self-discipline. We all have other things competing for our attention, but every time we say "No" to them, we develop a disciplined character. And, as Paul tells Timothy, "physical training has some value, but godliness has all-value, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." —1 Timothy 4:8
We are training ourselves to practice self-control by setting and sticking to our quiet times, and we are doing so by following through with a habitual behavior that is extremely beneficial to us spiritually.
2. It creates a rhythm in our lives.
God created certain patterns when he created the universe. We have a year every time the earth revolves around the sun. The year is divided into four seasons: birth, growth, harvest, and dormancy. This rhythm is critical to all living things.
He also established a religious cycle in the Israelites' lives. They were to work for six days and then stop working and worship him on the seventh day. Furthermore, their calendar was packed with regular feasts and holy days.
By establishing a regular rhythm in our own lives, we can maintain our connection to Jesus. We have a daily cadence of corporate worship in addition to a weekly one where we maintain our personal relationship with Jesus.
3. It makes us more aware of God's presence.
One of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life is the tendency to go through our days without thinking about God. While it is not our intention, it is easy to become so preoccupied with our daily lives that we lose sight of the fact that God is present in every moment.
"Whenever a man tells me that he doesn't feel very close to God," Christian author Patrick Morley says, "the first question I ask is, 'Tell me about your devotional life." Often, the problem is right in front of you."
God's presence becomes more central to our daily behavior when we have a stable connection to Jesus based on our daily practice of spending time with him. It becomes easier to keep his presence and proximity in mind throughout the day.
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