Christ began His day by spending time with God, praying in the early morning hours (Mark 1:35). Later in His busy schedule He “would often slip away … to pray” (Luke 5:16). Since Jesus took time to spend with God each day, and He had perfect communication with God, how much more should we get alone with God in a daily quiet time. A quiet time is a period set aside for two-way communication, communion, and meditation between you and God alone. The following are some practical pointers and suggestions for making your appointment with God nourishing and fun:
• Decide on a time. Early mornings are usually the best, but choose what works best for you.
• Plan it into your schedule.
• Choose a place.
• Get alone – you need to concentrate.
• Have a quiet attitude. Phil 4:6-7; Psalm 46:10; Lamentations 3:25-26
• Expect to meet with God and He with you. “In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch” (Psalm 5:3).
• Keep your appointment with Him.
• Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you in worship.
We are called as believers to intercessory prayer (Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 18:1; I Tim.2:1-4; Col. 4:2). Thus, we are to come before God on behalf of others (Heb. 10:19-25; Rev. 1:4-6). Spend time praying for specific people, events, states, countries, missionaries, etc. (See Rom. 10:1; Acts 12:5ff). In addition, spend time praying for personal, congregational and kingdom needs (Matt. 6:11-13). Make prayer lists for the time of supplication. Be sure to include a place for answers to be recorded. Recorded answers can become items for praise and thanksgiving.