‘Each morning you listen to my prayer, as I bring my requests to you and wait for your reply.’ – Psalm 5:3 CEV
I am so grateful to those who taught me, right from the start, the importance of what they called ‘the quiet time.”
But over the years my quiet time has become a place called quiet. Each morning when I wake there is a great expectation that my first moments of the day are going to be my daily meeting with my God. This is the highlight of my day and my prayers start with a welcome to the Lord – “Holy Spirit you are welcome in this place.” I allow myself to look to Him, to see Him and invite Him into this place so that I can become closer to God and know Him more. The quiet and stillness moment of each new day began my journey to my place called quiet
A place called quiet has been many places for me over the years – a church altar, an office, even a boardroom, in my walking along the coastline and other parts of God’s natural world.
You see a place called quiet is not just my morning place but has also become different places throughout the day. I need the place called quiet regularly and constantly throughout the day, so I look for opportunities to encounter my God and His unfailing love and faithfulness.
Even tonight walking home along the coast I came to a small cove. There was God, me, and the gentle ripple of waves upon the shore. It was at that moment that I was at a place called quiet and as I walked and talked with God I knew that this was a privileged and precious encounter.
For me a place called quiet involves a period of concentrated, uninterrupted fellowship with God in a place that is unhurried – a time of intimate fellowship with the opportunity to deepen a bond of love with my ultimate Friend.
Here are some simple suggestions that help me in a place called quiet:
- Set aside a dedicated time each day. Guard that time! The key for me has been the importance in developing the discipline of meeting God as my first action each morning. Opportunities I experience throughout the day are added blessing and they came after I had paved the way by seeking Him consistency.
- Find a quiet place. One of the reasons Jesus went up into the hills at night to pray was because there were no crowds there and he could focus on the Father without interruption. Start with a consistent place of isolation where you can shut the door on the world and open the windows to heaven. Jesus sought out places where He could be alone, and so should we.
- Use effective tools. These are some of the tools I use:
- a readable Bible– I simply read the Bible with an open mind. Nearly every morning the Lord shows me an intricate detail He wants me to focus on, challenge me, encourage me or strengthen me at that time and for that day or season.
- a prayer journal – This is a non-negotiable for me as I write my prayers to the Lord. I come expecting and I write it down. I now use two journals – one to record my pursuit to become closer to God each morning. I was challenged a few years ago to find a place called quiet in the evening also. This has been a lot harder to establish so I use my second journal to write what the Lord places on my heart to pray about. I would encourage you to write down what God says to you and what He tells you to do. Your spiritual train is running on two rails. One is revelation and the other is obedience. And if either rail stops, your train stops.
- a simple devotional – I finish my time reading a little devotional, many times they confirm and seal my time. It is truly wonderful.
- Share out of your place called quiet. From the very beginning the Lord encouraged me to share my journey. God never made me a reservoir; He made me to be a conduit. I have always felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to tell others what God is showing me.
- Work out an agreement with your spouse. I need take a moment and thank my wife in the way she has protected this place for me. Throughout our marriage she has recognised this place called quiet for me and ensured that family interruptions were always minimalised. I need to honour her for her sacrifice.
As I close my prayer is that God would fill your hearts with that sense of excitement and expectation to find a place you can call quiet each day. Come to that place with a full expectation and see if the Lord does not reward your seeking him.