Keeping a consistent daily quiet time with God is one of the hardest things we face in our Christian life. Why? Because our adversary the devil, knows that therein lays the secret of our strength and victory as believers. If he can get us off track, our power and wisdom are diminished, therefore, it’s essential to develop the habit of regularly meeting with God.
The first step is to decide on a time of day that will work best for you, and block this time off for nothing but your quiet time with God. Choose a time that will present as few distractions as possible, and then make it happen. After all, we keep track of everything else in our lives and plan our other appointments and activities. Doesn’t time with God demand the same attention?
Designate a place where you can be uninterrupted. (I can hear young mothers saying now, “And where would that be?”) For some it’s a favorite chair or room in the house. Others find tranquility in the early hours at the office or shop. Whatever spot you choose, keep your Bible, devotional and study books, prayer journal, pen and any other materials you need close by.
The last step is to have a plan for reading the Bible. Many people choose to read through the Bible in a year, and there are a lot of Bibles and references that will show you exactly what you need to read each day to make it through in a year. Or maybe you would rather study a particular book of the Bible in depth. Even choosing a devotional book to follow is an option.
As you plan for the new year, start now to find good materials to help you grow closer to the Lord. Prayerfully ask God to guide you to the resources that are just what you need to learn from and be encouraged by in the weeks and months ahead.
Taking time each day for reading the Bible and talking to God is an essential part of a healthy day, just like eating right and getting exercise. Set an appointment with your Heavenly Father and make sure you keep it.
Heavenly Father, I ask that you would help me to make it a priority every day to spend time alone with you in reading and prayer. Show me what You would have me to study and what resources You would like me to use. Allow me to have the discipline to keep our appointment each day regardless of what is going on in my life.
Ann Shorb is a counselor that practices in central PA. Through her organization, Christian counseling provider & Educational Services, she provides Christian marriage and family counseling, help with ADHD, depression, grief, and more.