Sunday, 30 August 2009
I am curious to see how different people spend their time with the Lord.
The Bible says to "pray without ceasing" (I think Paul says that in the Epistles; I am not good at location, but that doesn't matter...what matters is that/if it is there). However, Christians believe that being a Christian is not a religion but a relationship...therefore, in a friendship or relationship, the more time you spend with the other person, the more you become like them. Therefore, Quiet Times are necessary in order for personal reflection/change made possible through the power of the Holy Spirit & for personally thanking/worshipping God as well, & also for learning more about Him & hearing His voice.
But I believe that since everyone is different, our relationship with God is different, therefore we do different things in our Quiet Times with God.
In my Quiet Time, I usually pray first. The Bible says somewhere in Psalms "enter His gates with praise & thanksgiving," so I usually do that. I thank Him for everything He has given me (food, job, clothes, family/friends, etc). Then, I thank Him for my salvation & I sometimes sing a song of thanks to Him or a song that describes my current situation. Last, I pray for others or things going on in life or prayer requests. Then, I read my Bible (or vice versa...order switched).
But since Christianity is not a religion; therefore, if we "get stuck in a ritual" (everyday, same old-same old routine), then it becomes a religion. So we should change things here & there.
Every now & then, I do different things in my Quiet Time. Lately, I have just been resting in the Spirit of God & listening for His voice. Or I have been spacing my Quiet Times out throughout the day (an hour here, an hour there, etc), so that I can get pieces of QT throughout the day.
Sometimes God tells me things like "Come to Me," "I love you," or "Just rest in Me." Other times, He gives me verses to look up, & the verse applies to what I have prayed about. Sometimes though God says nothing...but I can still feel Him there...so I sit in His presence with joy. Other times I can't feel Him there & He says nothing, but I push through because I believe this is some sort of spiritual warfare.
God says in the Bible, "If My people who are called by My name will turn & seek Me then I will heal their land." (don't know where that verse is either; maybe Isaiah?) In that case, if we do not have our Quiet Times, we may find ourselves more impatient/frustrated/etc, or we may find that we cannot find the answer to a problem. We need to get the Word of God in us too; Jesus said, "Man does not live on bread alone but on every word from the mouth of God." The Bible also says in 1 or 2 Corinthians (I think) something like, "The Word is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting" & it says that "The word is sharper than a double-edged sword." So if you're not having Quiet Time with God, you may render ineffective to His work in & through you.
So that leaves me with the question area....
What do you do during YOUR Quiet Time? Do you believe it is effective & helpful? What kind of things does God speak to you in your Quiet Time?