The How and Why of a Daily Quiet Time
© 2016 G Kamp www.truthbase.net, Scripture quotations from NKJV/NIV
A Quiet Time is the practice of setting aside time every day to communicate with and get guidance from God.
Reasons for having a Quiet Time – Benefits of God’s Word
Feeds our soul: Mat 4:4 ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
Gives us life: Psalm 119:93 I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life.
Helps us grow: 1 Peter 2:2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby
Keeps us from sin: John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Cleans us up: Psalm 119:9-11 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
Basis for answered prayer: John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
Basis of success: Josh 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Means to an abundant life: John 20:31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Guides us through life: Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Source of joy: Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.
Results in an inheritance: Acts 20:32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Makes you wise: Psalm 119:98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.
Equips us: 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Kings of Israel – Commanded to have a Quiet Time
Deuteronomy 17: 16 But he (king) shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.
18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.
When and How to have a Quiet Time
When – in the morning Ps 5:3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
How – Read, Reflect, Respond, Record
Doctrine - The Path: What is this passage teaching me about the path God wants me to take?
Reproof - Where I'm off the path: Does this passage show me that I may be off the path?
Correction - How to get back on the path: If I may be off the path, does this passage show me how to get back on it?
Instruction/Training - How to stay on the path: If I am back on the path, does this passage give me help in staying on it?
What God's like? What does this passage teach me about the person and character and attributes of God?
What I'm like/should be? What does this passage teach me about how I am and what does it teach us about how I should be?
What He expects of me? Did God communicate in this passage anything about how He wants me to be?
What I can expect of Him? Did God make any promises in this passage? Are they applicable to me? Any conditions?
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Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response
- Why is a consistent QT often so difficult? What are your best reasons for having a QT? What motivates you to have a QT?
- Why do QT’s become stale or you don’t get anything out of them? How can you have a feast with God?
- What factors/conditions contribute to you having a great interactive time with God? How can you make those times be the norm?
- Who could you help this week with developing the habit of having a daily QT? How could it be successful?