We all know that we need to be consistent in daily quiet time with God. Time spent in prayer and Bible study are important for every Christian woman. But sometimes it just so hard! There are so many things that need to be done each day and when the hard times come picking up a Bible is often the last thing on our minds.
If you are anything like me I bet you can relate. No worries though I’ve got you covered. (If you are struggling to find time for daily prayer and Bible study you might want to check out my FREE printable: Create your Own Quiet Time Plan)
Over the years I have learned a few things about being consistent with daily quiet time with God no matter what’s going on in life. I share all these things right here on the blog. You will find a little of my personal testimony mixed in with practical tips, encouragement and the occasional kick in the butt (all with love of course).
The Ultimate Guide to Consistent and Effective Quiet Time with God
Spending quiet time with God is vital to the Christian life. That time is how to get to know more about God, about ourselves and about the world around us. I spent all of my childhood, teens and most of my 20s completely missing the point of quiet time with God.
I grew up as a “good Christian girl”. I was saved at a very early age, loved church, sang in the choir and proudly recited my Bible verses, Easter poems, and lines in the yearly Christmas pageant. As a teen, I struggled to really embrace my faith as my own. I loved God but I didn’t know how to have a relationship with Him or why it was important.
Fast forward to my early 20s, or the lost years, and I was a hot mess. I had no idea who I was or who God was. I fell into so many sinful situations because I didn’t have a firm understanding of what it meant to be a daughter of the King of Kings.
It took 10 years of crisis and hard times for God to get my full attention. I was in a place where I had to fight for my sanity, safety, and life. I had no idea what to do. But I knew who to turn to, God. And it was in spending time with God that I began to find strength, hope and understand exactly what God created me to do. And most importantly I was finally able to hear clearly from God on how He wanted to set me free!
The Goal of Quiet time with God
Quiet time with God is simply spending time with Him. Thinking about Him. Talking to Him. Listening to Him. There are no requirements about the length of time or time of day. Scripture simply invites us into a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Did you catch that?
All you need to do, according to scripture, to have a close relationship with God is to spend time with Him. What that time looks like is up to you. If you have 1 hour every day to spend with God, great! If you only have 3 minutes before your children find you hiding in the bathroom, great!
God will meet you wherever you are. I have had the most profound encounters with God while doing dishes, nursing babies and even taking a walk around my neighborhood. Try not to get hung up on things like how long you read or prayed or if you used the “right” materials.
God doesn’t care about any of that. He just wants you!
Looking for more resources on getting started with your quiet time with God?
- What’s the “Right Way” to do Quiet Time
- The 15 Minute Daily Routine That Will Make Your Faith Stronger
- How to Make Quiet Time with God a Priority
- How to Make time to be in the Word Every day
What should you do during your quiet time with God?
Have you ever sat down with your Bible and maybe a journal ready to spend time with God but had no idea what to do? Me too! It can be overwhelming to sit down with the entire Bible. There’s a lot of stuff in there and it’s not always easy to understand.
No worries, I’m here to help!
First, I just want to say that there is no right or wrong way to have your quiet time with God. You have to figure out what works best for you. And that will change as your seasons of life change. As a basic guideline you want to spend some time in the Word and then some time in listening prayer.
The goal of quiet time is to get to know God better. The best way that we have to do this is reading the Bible. God reveals Himself to us in the scripture. The different stories and lessons all point to His nature and His plan and purpose for each of us. If you aren’t reading your Bible you are missing out on important information that God wants you to know!
Need some help with reading your Bible? I got you:
- What Should You Study during Your Quiet Time
- How to Create a Personalized Bible Reading Plan
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Devotional
- Bible Study Tips for Beginners
The other important part of quiet time is prayer. I don’t mean time where we are giving God our laundry list of all the things we want Him to do for us. I mean time spent in listening prayer. Getting quiet with God so that you can hear His voice.
Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. We talk, He Listens. He speaks, we listen. The key to getting the most out of this time of prayer is what you talk about. Use this time of prayer to talk to God about Himself. Asking Him to clarify what you are reading about Him in scripture. Asking Him what His will is for your life. Of course, take some time to let Him know what’s on your heart too. But don’t forget our goal here is to learn more about Him.
Some quick tips on getting started with prayer:
- 3 Things You Need to Know About Getting Started with Prayer (plus 5 must-read books)
- How to Create a Prayer Journal and Organize your Prayer Life
- Why First thing in the Morning a Great Time to Pray
Why Quiet Time with God is Important
Spending time in Bible study and prayer is important because it’s how we learn about God and grow our faith. But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The more that we learn about God, the more that we learn about ourselves.
Scripture tells us that we are made in the image of God. That means that when we learn about God that also teaches us about who we are.
When we learn that God is faithful, we also learn that we are safe and secure. God always keeps His promise and is always looking out for our well being. We don’t have to be perfect. And that’s just one small thing that scripture reveals to us.
If you want to learn more about who God is and what He promises us, take a look at the Promise Keeper Bible study on Psalm 23.
Spending time with God teaches us how to pray, how to love others and how to deal with the hard stuff in life. It shows us how to have hope in the darkest situations. Time with God teaches us how to live an abundant life on this side of Heaven.
Looking for more tips on what to add to your quiet time?