1) Why have a Quiet Time?
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.b. Because Christ modeled it, (Mark 1:35).
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
c. Because we need it, (Matthew 4:4).
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
2) Having a meaningful Quiet Time.
We do what we prioritize to do. Do not be legalistic. The Quiet Time does not earn the favor of God. It does not save you. It does not make you more special. Therefore, if you miss a Quiet Time it is okay. You start the next day, “missing a meal.”ii) Set aside a place.
Jesus said when you pray enter your prayer closet. He was not meaning a clothes closet. He was meaning a place where you can be alone to shut the door on the distractions of life and open the door of heaven. Jesus got away in the wilderness, the mountain, and the garden. I have a chair in my house that is both Tonya and my place.
iii) Set aside a time.
Jesus got away and prayed. It is present tense and active voice. Jesus got away and would continue to get away. Jesus needed time away. When did He get away? Early in the morning. It is best to start the day with the Lord. Don’t give God the leftovers! “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation, (Psalm 5:3).
Does a pilot fly without first going through all the checks?
You may end it with Him as well.
Billie Hanks once said, “if I have you either begin the day asking for guidance or end the day asking for forgiveness.”
-Make sure you are clean. “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened,” (Psalm 66:18).
3) What do I need?
-Prayer list. Most urgent prayers. Day I began to pray for them and the date God answered them. Then, I divide my prayers into Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so forth. Daily prayer requests. . . family and so forth.
-List of assignments for the day so that you might pray over them.
4) Get Started.
-Meditate on the Word. This means we do not rush through our reading. It is better to focus on fewer verses than to read with our mind in neutral. Questions to ask:
b. Is there a promise to claim?
c. Is there a sin to avoid?
d. Is there a lesson to learn?
e. Is there a new truth to carry with me?
ii) Utilizing your lists to keep you on track, (When minds wander this could be an attack from the evil one. Might be something that needs praying about).
iii) Listen as well as speak.
iv) Be balanced.
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication
-Share what you have learned
He has served as Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Double Springs, AL, Associate Pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY, Evangelism Associate for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, and an Adjunct Professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.