Some Basic Info
Spending time reading scripture and praying is a must for Christians who want to grow in their faith.
To get started having a daily quiet time, you will need to:
- Set aside a specific time to read the Bible and pray. Consider waking up early, stopping somewhere on your way home from work, or using your lunch break.
- Limit Distractions. You may need to leave your phone in another room or put in ear plugs.
- Use a Bible translation that you can understand. Not all Bible translations are created equal. If you have a hard time understanding your Bible, consider using an NIV or NLT translation of the Bible. They are both easily understandable translations of scripture.
However you choose to do your quiet time, it should include these 5 aspects.
Reading Scripture - We encounter God in the Bible. That means we must include scripture reading in our time spent with the Lord. Not sure where to start reading. Consider using this reading plan.
Adoration - Spend some time praising God for who he is and what he has done.
Confession - Search your heart for where you have been falling short of God's glorious ideal. Confess your sin, ask for forgiveness, and celebrate the fact that God forgives us.
Thanksgiving - Spend time thanking God for the blessing you have received.
Supplication - Create a list of needs for yourself and others and pray to God about them.
Two Helpful Templates
Consider using one of the following templates to help you get in the habit of spending 15-20 minutes with God every day.
The Talk-Listen-Talk Method*
Talk to God
- Adoration: Spend time telling God how great he is. Focus on one of his attributes and praise him for that. Consider reading a Psalm or Two and letting them guide you in your praise.
- Confession: Search your heart for ways that you have not lived up to God’s glorious standard. Confess those sins and ask for forgiveness. Consider whether or not you need to confess your sin to another believer as well.
Listen to God
- Prayerfully read a passage of scripture. Usually reading one or two chapters from a book of the Bible is more than enough.
- What does this passage mean? A great way to help with this is to write down your own paraphrase of what you just read. This helps you consider the details of the passage enough that you come across it’s meaning.
- Prayerfully consider an application. Ask the question, “How should this passage change my life today?” Make it a goal to purposefully apply what you read at some point during the day.
Talk to God
- Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for. List 5-10 things you are thankful for. Make a new list every day. Try find ways to thank God for the good and the bad in your life.
- Supplication: Pray through the list of needs you have been building.
*This template is taken from Campus Crusade's resource titled, "How to Have a Quiet Time." An online version can be found here.
A Basic Template to MEditate on scripture
Read a Passage
- Read through a passage of scripture two or three times and ask these questions as you read:
- What does this passage teach me about God?
- What does this passage teach me about myself?
- Do I see any commands that I should obey?
- Are there any promises I can claim for myself?
- Are there any examples in this passage to follow or not follow?
- Do these verses reveal any sin in my life I need to confess?
- Write down the any answers to these questions you may find in your passage.
Meditate on One Element of the Passage
- Look through the answers to the questions that your wrote down. Choose one of the answers and ask this questions, "How would my life be different if I truly believed this to be true. Spend time righting down as many ideas as you can think of.
- Choose one of the ways your life would be different and try to apply it during the week.
- Spend some time adoring God, confessing your sin, thanking him, and supplicating (praying for others).
Resources for Busy Moms and other People with no Extra time
Have no time to yourself? While we think that your soul needs time to rest in silence and in God's presence, we understand that there are seasons of life where 5 minutes of quiet doesn't come often.
If you find yourself in that stage of life, consider downloading one of these apps to your phone.
First 5 - Check out first5.org and their corresponding app at the AppStore or Google Play. This app is a wonderful way for busy moms to use the first five minutes of their day connecting with God. On the App you will find reading plans and devotions that take approximately five minutes a day and help you connect with God even when you are extremely busy.
Read Scripture - Spearheaded by Francis Chan, this app is meant to help you learn how to read scripture effectively on your own. It is a great way for busy people to spend five or ten minutes during their day encountering the God of the universe. Read Scripture will take you through the Bible, giving you insightful tips and commentary to help scripture come to life for you. More info can be found at readscripture.org.