Today let’s just dive in.
We established in our last blog entry the importance of seeking God’s direction before we begin each daily journey. That means we embrace the examples of Psalm 63 1(a) – “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee…” (KJV) and (less we be uncertain what early means) Mark 1:35 “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (KJV)
But how do you seek God early? Look back at Mark, and pick that Scripture apart. Jesus:
- Rose before day
- Went out
- Departed into a solitary place
Do you have to get up before the sun? No. Your “early” may occur later in the morning but BEFORE you begin your day in earnest. Remember, you want to seek God before you begin to encounter the world (your children, your spouse, morning traffic, your work place, etc.)
Do you have to leave home (go out)? No. But you do need to go somewhere that is a solitary, quiet place. If you’re home alone – no problem. If your household is overrun with children, animals, extended family…, you need to find a quiet place. Back porch? Basement? Garden? Bathroom? (Hey, He is everywhere, and a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do to get some solitude.”)
Do you have to pray? Yes! Do you have to pray lofty liturgies? No. Just talk with God. I say with because it is a conversation in that you are talking and listening. I encourage you also to read the Scriptures, meditate and journal, but mainly I encourage you to personalize this time. Christianity is NOT a legal relationship; it is a love relationship, and just as you personalize your time with those you love, personalize this time with Christ.
How to Have a Meaningful Quiet Time
Love Worth Finding (Adrian Rogers)
How to Have a Quiet Time
In Touch Ministries (Charles Stanley)
How to Have a Quiet Time According to Martin Luther
Quiet Time: 7 Minutes with God