What is a Quiet Time?

29 11 2008

Psa 46:10a (KJV)
Be still, and know that I am God:

Sometimes, when I’m so busy, I missed this great part. I’m so occupied with my daily

routine,practice and business…Lord help me to give you my best time…This is my prayer!

When I first became a christian I had never heard of the concept of a “Quiet time”. I am sure that the pastors and teachers that were teaching me up until that point MUST HAVE been doing it, but the whole concept was foreign to me. Perhaps it is to you too, so let’s take a look at it and see what we can learn….

Although it may seem a little obvious, the concept of a “quiet time” consists of two parts.
1) The first part is the “Quiet” part.

What does “quiet” mean? According to the dictionary, one definition of “quiet” includes the following…
• To be in a state of rest or calm.
• To be without stirring, motion or agitation
• Free from noise or disturbance, hushed, still.
• Not excited or anxious, calm, peaceful, placid, settled.
2) The second part of the concept of a “quiet time” is…time, ie, time alone with God.

It is so obvious that we might miss it. What does the dictionary have to say about “time”:
• An appointed, fixed or customary moment or hour for something to happen.
• The point or period at which something occurs
• The measured period during which an action continues
• A person’s experience during a specified occasion
So let’s put it altogether now…

A quiet time is a set occasion that you commit yourself to withdraw from the frenzy of worldly life, and seek to meet with God. You try to calm your heart, eliminate all outside distractions, focus your attention only on God, and allow yourself to be calmed and quiet and settled.

You may confess your sins and worldly attitudes, re-dedicate yourself to God for a new day, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit for joy and service for the day, pray, read a few passages of scripture to focus on God’s goodness, intercede for a friend, or ask God for some help. And in the quietness of the time, recognize that God loves you and is waiting to help you and answer all your prayers. I find that it takes at least 20 minutes or more to get focussed on God and have a valuable time with Him. Your time may vary, of course, but the more time you spend with God, the deeper will be your experience of God, and the more you will be prepared for the day.

When should you have a quiet time? The most logical time is in the morning before you start the day, so that the blessing of your experience will follow you and spill over onto others for the remainder of that day. But you don’t have to limit yourself to one quiet time. You may want to have another one at break time, at lunch, during your daily commute back and forth. Indeed, the Bible exhorts us to “pray without ceasing”. So it is desirable to take your quiet time with you, to try to have a quiet time all day, to recognize that you are in the presence of God all day. And actually He is, because if you are a Christian, Christ is on you in the person of the Holy Spirit.
(Col 1:26-27 KJV)
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations,
but now is made manifest to his saints:
{27} To whom God would make known
what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:




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