Well, it seems obvious right? A time…of quiet…but what does a quiet time mean related to our relationship with God?
I asked our Sr High Bible Study group to consider this and other questions and I just summarized what we discovered. Thanks to the students who worked on this project!
What is a Quiet Time or Devotions?
A quiet time is a time that you set aside to look into the Bible and study God’s Word, digesting what is written and considering how to apply what you have learned into your life. It is also a time to pray and connect to God in conversation.
It’s a time to disconnect from business around you.
Why would a Jesus follower do this?
Taking time to do this strengthens your relationship with God. You can be more open to hear what God is telling you, learning to recognize when it’s Him directing you and when it’s not. You become more familiar with God.
You also build a firm foundation for when you are faced with trials.
A quiet time like this also gets you more prepared to explain your beliefs with true teaching form the Word. Knowing more about all the things that have happened in the Bible can change our attitude for the better. God’s teaching can help us change how we think and act and make us happier.
What attitudes and actions does an effective quiet time require?
Schedule it. Make time for this.
Maybe have a set place. Get comfy in a quiet spot.
Pray, invite God to speak to you.
Have an open attitude.
Be prepared that you might not hear what you want to hear.
Read some verses from a translation you can understand.
It helps to have plan about what you will read.
Consider how you will take action based on what you read and do what God prompts you to do. Be brave as you obey knowing that God is with you through it all.
How was your Quiet Time today?
Psalm 42:1-2 (NIV)
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 62:8 (NIV)
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
James 1:22-25 (NLT)
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.