what is a quiet time? How often do you do it? Why do you do it? And are there rules to follow for having a quiet time?
There was great discussion, we concluded that a quiet time is
taking time and being quiet with the Lord. It is a goal to do quiet time daily, knowing some days will slip by. We realized there were no scriptures about quiet times so the concept must come from Jesus example. (Lk 5:16, Mk 1:35, Matt 14:23, Lk 6:12) Over all there are no rules for a quiet time, just whatever helps a person to focus on what they are reading and learning.
After this ground work we set up a goal for our four days
together. Although there is no right way to do a quiet time for this four days we planned to spend five minutes on each of three parts: reading, journaling and praying. Each day we would focus on one element of our quiet time, with each element being connected to one of our five senses and that is what I am going to
share the next few days in these posts.
The first element was HEARING. In preparation for our quiet time
I wanted us to take a minute and thinking about what we have to do in order to hear. For example, if I ask someone what time it is, they tell me and then I realize I still don’t know what time it is…what was missing? I didn’t listen. I heard them talk, but I didn’t listen to what they said. Matt. 11: 15 says, “He who has ears, let him hear.”
As we headed into our own times we took a minute to pray and to
ask the Lord to open our ears to hear what He was going to speak to us that day. We went into our fifteen minutes with the focus of listening and expecting to hear from the Lord.
After the alone time, we came back together and shared what we
had each written in our journals; what we had heard the Lord speak to us.