The importance of having a “Quiet Time” is a Christian lifestyle concept that I was taught as a young person. “Quiet Time” is a term for spending some alone time with God, preferably every morning. So, is this a biblical concept? Well, according to Luke 5:16 we are told that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Based on this verse, it does appear that Jesus modeled having a Quiet Time. Let’s take a moment and explore this passage a little further by asking some key questions about the verse.
Who? Answer: Jesus
Significance: When Jesus provides an example for us, we should pay close attention.
When? Answer: Often
Significance: So, this was not an occasional occurrence, rather it was a regular activity for our Lord.
What? Answer: He withdrew
Significance: Jesus would intentionally get away from the crowds and their needs in order to connect with God.
Where? Answer: Lonely places
Significance: Jesus would get alone with God – often in remote places where he would not be disturbed.
Why? Answer: To pray
Significance: Jesus made it a priority to have intimate time in conversation with God the Father.
So, having a Quiet Time is biblical. But, how important is it to have your Quiet Time in the morning?
Answer: We should avoid becoming legalistic with any spiritual discipline that we practice. However, common sense tells us that if we begin our day focusing on the Lord, we will be better prepared to walk with him throughout the day. Also, the Psalms encourage time with God in the morning.
Reflect on the following passages from the Psalms.
“In the morning, O Lord, consider my sighing … in the morning, Lord hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3 written by David)
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:14 written by Moses)
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” (Psalm 143:8 written by David)
Certainly, these passages do not rule out having focused time with God throughout the day, however, these Psalmists indicate that they were connecting with God in prayer and worship in the morning, so perhaps we should too.
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