To know how to maintain a constant quiet time, it is imperative to know what the term ‘quiet time’ means.
According to Wikipedia, Quiet Time is a term used to describe regular individual sessions of
Christian spiritual activities, such as prayer, private meditation, worship of God or study of the Bible.
Its origin is dated far back into the pre-modern era. Jesus practiced it. Mark 1:35.
When do we have the Quiet Time?
Following the example of Jesus and saints of old. Quiet time was practised early in the morning. Gen 28:18 says Jacob rose up early in the morning, Mark 1:35 says the same of Jesus, Gen 19:27, the Father of Faith also rose up early in the morning as was his regular custom.
Now!!! To the main point!!!
How to maintain a constant quiet time
- Take it slow. Yes!!! Take it slow, don’t start with an enormous task and a goal which is likely not going to be achieved even in the next two weeks. You’re just starting to exercise your muscles. A beginning Sprinter doesn’t just start racing a 100metre race in 12seconds. It takes time, effort and constant practice.
- Choose a specific place to pray away from distractions so you can concentrate. Ringing phones and crying children will sabotage your “quiet time” before it gets started.
- Pray at the same time every day, if at all possible. Make it part of your regular routine and it will become habit. Write it into your schedule and then treat it just like a daily appointment.
- Pray out loud. Many people can pray under their breath or in their minds for long periods and still maintain intensity, but for most of us it’s a quick ticket to dreamland. When we pray out loud we have to form intelligent sentences. We have to concentrate more on what we’re praying about.
- Keep a note pad handy so you can jot down different things that come to mind while you’re before the Lord. Sometimes you’ll get great ideas totally unrelated to what you’ve been praying about. If you jot them down you can quickly get back to the topic at hand without being too distracted.
- Make a list to keep track of your prayer needs. This can be done several ways. Prayer needs can be listed by category like “Church,” “Family,” or “Unsaved friends.” Or they may be listed by the days of the week. Each day you pray for a different set of needs. You may want to include prayer everyday for a different area of society that has a tremendous influence on the direction of our nation.
- Redeem time for praying out of unused corners of your schedule. Those who have to drive to work can use the time talking with the Lord instead of screaming at traffic (just don’t close your eyes!). Busy homemakers can combine prayer with housework, especially if the task doesn’t require a lot of concentration. Joggers, swimmers and cyclists can use their workout time for prayer. Sometimes my best times with the Lord have been chats during long, early morning walks or jogs along the beach.
- Change the pace during your prayer time. Include praise, thanksgiving and singing as well as petition. Spend some of your time reflecting on the Scripture, meditating on it and digesting its meaning.
- Keep a prayer journal. Here are two variations of this idea. The first is to keep track of what you prayed for and when you prayed for it. Leave a space to jot down the answer when it comes. This will help you to keep alert to God’s answer so you can thank Him promptly. Sometimes prayer answers come in the back door and you don’t want them to slip by you. The second variation is to write the entire prayer in your journal. Make it a personal letter to the Lord on a daily basis. Just write “Dear Lord” instead of “Dear Diary.”
- Pray with someone else. Though some prayers can only be said in solitude, there will be times when you’ll want to join hearts with another person in prayer. If you commit to meet on a regular basis, the accountability can really help build consistency. Such prayer trysts can become powerful, life-changing events.
- Pray one-sentence prayers. If the thought of laboring over a topic wears you out, pray short, sincere prayers instead. A sentence or two may be all that’s needed to exhaust the topic for you for the time being. If so, just move on to the next item without feeling guilty for your brevity.
- Don’t give up, be disciplined. Commit yourself to the time, speak to your mind.click here to know the benefits of a consistent quiet time.