And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Mat 14:23a
The practice of Quiet Time seems to be a struggle for many of us. Some women have told me that they aren’t sure what to do with their QT but more often they say that there simply isn’t any time to be had. It’s true that in our very busy lives it can seem impossible to find time to “steal away” and be alone with God.
Please consider: the busier you are, the more you need quiet time. Even if you’re only able to spend a little time each day, use it – some is better than none. Think of it as an investment in your spiritual health.
There’s no “magic formula” for a rewarding Quiet Time, we all work differently. There are however some practices that can help us make the most of whatever time we have.
- Make your QT a priority. Remember, we’re talking about your spiritual fitness. Your quiet time should be a “must do” not merely a “want to do”.
- Set aside a specific time. Think of your quiet time as an appointment with God.
- Have a special place. Find a place where you will be comfortable and least likely to be disturbed.
- Have your materials handy. You will definitely need your bible; your QT should always include a scripture reading and prayer. If you have the time consider adding a devotional reading, starting a journal, or working on a bible study.
- Don’t multi-task. I’ve had women tell me they have their quiet time while they’re doing other things such as cooking, laundry, showering. Doing chores can certainly be a great time to talk to God but remember, we’re looking for a time to listen to God, to allow His Spirit to speak to our spirit.
“Be still and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10
Above all, turn off your cell phone. We have come to think that the world will come to an end if we ignore a call or don’t instantly respond to a text message – it won’t.
One last comment, don’t get discouraged. Things may not go just right at first. You may need to try different times, locations, or practices before you find what works best for you. That’s OK. Once you begin to experience the peace and spiritual renewal that comes from your daily retreat, believe me, you going wonder how you ever got by without it.