Over the past few months, I’ve listened to the advice of a few of my Christian mentors and started having a “quiet time” with the Lord for study, reflection, and prayer.
There is a biblical basis for these quiet times. Jesus often made time to speak to the Father by himself, and he also recommended it to others. Consider these verses:
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:15-16
Immediately He [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Matthew 14:22-23
After trying this out — my lunch break is usually when I do mine — I’ve learned how worthwhile these times are. I feel energized, encouraged, and renewed in my purpose. I’m reminded who my real boss is and that my Christian walk doesn’t have an “off” button (and I don’t want it to, either).
What I bring:
- A Bible, so I can read 4-5 chapters a day. This is about the amount of reading that would allow someone to finish reading the Bible in a year. (Learn about options for Bible reading plans here).
- A devotional magazine, such as Indeed or Journey.
- A prayer journal – I use this one from the Navigators, but I’ve also heard good things about this one from Youth With a Mission.
- A pen and an ice-cold beverage!
What would you (or do you) bring? Please comment below!