How to Have a
When you commit your life to Jesus Christ,
you begin a new relationship with Him. You become one of His children. You enter into a
permanent relationship with God. This relationship with God enables you to have fellowship
with Him. But fellowship has its ups and downs. Thus, although your relationship with
God is constant, your fellowship with Him will vary with your availability to His
leadership. A Quiet Time is a way of maintaining fellowship with God and evaluating your
lifestyle. A Quiet Time is a way of building spiritual strength, becoming more sensitive
to Gods leadership, and applying His Word to your actions.
Two Essential Steps for Getting Started
|1. Make a Commitment to
Observe a Daily Quiet Time
- Decide that your Quiet Time will be your first
priority each day.
- Decide that each morning or evening you will
avoid thoughts like, "After a while, I will have my quiet time. But first, I must
2. Develop a Plan for Observing Your Daily
It is suggested that you schedule your Quiet Time in the morning. Beginning your day with
God can and will make a real difference in your life (Mark 1:35). Decide where you will
have your quiet time. You may choose a particular place in your room. When weather
permits, you may want to go outdoors. Your quiet time place should be as free from
distractions as possible. Choose a place where you can read your Bible and make notes.
My Quiet Time place will be:
One thing you must do if your Quiet Time is
Keep on keeping on!
If you miss lunch, do you quit eating
altogether? Of course not! If you miss your Quiet Time one day, start again the next day.
If you have trouble getting up on time,
analyze the problem. Are you going to bed early enough? Should you change some things
about your daily schedule? If you dont feel like getting out of bed, put one foot on
the floor and go from there. Ask yourself, "If I stay in bed and miss my Quiet Time,
how will I feel about it this afternoon? Tonight? Tomorrow?"
Realize that some Quiet Times will be more
meaningful than others. Dont expect every Quiet Time to be a spiritual high. If
possible, have one or two prayer partners to encourage you. Be honest with one another.
Confess to one another when you miss a day.
Support one another in prayer and discuss ways you can each be more consistent in having a
Jesus spent time with His Heavenly Father,
seeking fellowship, strength, and guidance. If Gods Son needed to spend time with
Him, how much more do you need to spend time with Him? Having a Quiet Time, you will
become more like Christ as you follow His example and as you receive His power through
prayer and the Word.
How to Pray
To talk with God you must believe that He is
present even though you cannot see Him as you see your parents and friends (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith is not hoping that God will listen and speak with you, but trusting that He is real
and available for conversation.
God speaks through His written Word. He
speaks through Christian leaders and friends. He sometimes speaks powerfully from a quiet
voice in your heart. Prayer is not only talking to God, but also listening for His voice.
Check your relationships, your attitudes, and
your motivation. If your prayer life is being weakened by a problem in one of these areas,
pray about that problem and correct it with Gods help.
Part 1: Listening to God
Begin your Quiet Time by reading a passage of Scripture. Select and read a daily passage
prayerfully, asking God to speak to you as you read it.
|Ask the Lord to call to your
- examples to follow
- commands to obey
- errors to confess
- sins to quit
- promises to claim
- new thoughts about God
Use the Quiet Time journal pages to keep a
record of the insights you gain as God speaks to you through His Word.
Part 2: Talking to God
As you talk to God each day, be sure your conversation cover these five areas:
Praise is closely related to thanksgiving, but there is a difference. Praise is adoring
God for who He is. Thanksgiving is thanking God for what He has done. Praise is showing
love to God; thanksgiving is expressing gratitude. God is to be praised for His character.
He is to be thanked for His actions.
Begin your prayer by praising God. For
example, "I love You, God. I praise You for being who You are."
- Ask the Lord to make you aware of any sins
that are hurting your fellowship with Him.
- Confess each sin individually to the Lord.
- Agree with God that the sin is wrong.
- Express your desire to avoid these sins in the
- Claim by faith His forgiveness.
- Right the wrong to whatever extent you can.
- Accept by faith the fact that you are totally
cleansed (1 John 1:9)
Express your thankfulness for specific things. Cultivate a general attitude of
thankfulness whatever the circumstance (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
4. Intercession Praying for
Pray for the needs of other people. In your mind draw together God and the person in need.
Gods grace will meet the needs of that person.
Praying for Yourself
- Pray for spiritual growth.
- Pray for your material needs.
- Share with God the desires of your heart and
trust Him to respond in the best possible way.
Be willing to act on your prayers. For
example, if you pray that a friend will recover from grief over a relative who has died,
be willing to share words of encouragement and deeds of love with that friend.
Using Prayer Lists
Prayer lists can provide a guide and a record
of daily prayers for others and for tasks God wants you to accomplish. (Include date,
prayer concerns, special requests and answers.) Using these lists, you will be able to
focus your prayers on a particular group or area of need each day of the week.
|Use the suggestions in the
following paragraphs to guide your prayers for the group or area selected for emphasis
each day of the week.
|Monday Pray for missionaries
Pray for tasks God wants you to achieve
Pray for workers in the kingdom of God
Pray for those in authority over us
Pray for family and friends
Pray for sinners who are lost
Pray for Sunday services
Global Prayer Strategy
The Global Prayer Strategy is daily, united,
unending prayer for world evangelism at sunrise. Read, study, and daily pray according to
John 17 for the evangelical witness in designated areas of the world.
1. Monday Missionaries
"M" is for missionaries. Do your best to meet your missionaries; however you
dont have to know someone to pray for that person. Use the various materials that
contain the list of missionaries for whom you can pray on their birthdays. Allow missions
to become more than just a program.
- Pray for the evangelical witness in Africa.
2. Tuesday Tasks
"T" is for tasks God wants you to achieve. Every year individuals should set out
some goals they feel God would have them achieve. For instance, your goals this year might
- Have a daily Quiet Time alone with God.
- Memorize two Scripture verses each week.
- Memorize one poem or song a week.
- Read one book a month.
- Cultivate lost friends for Christ.
Praying every Tuesday that God will help you
achieve these tasks will reset the goals in your mind. If you should fall behind in your
achievements, your Tuesday prayer list will push you forward again.
- Pray for the evangelical witness in Asia
3. Wednesday Workers
"W" is for the workers for the kingdom. The harvest is plentiful, but the
laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His
harvest (Luke 10:2, NASB). God wants us to pray for our Christian leaders such as pastors,
teachers, discipleship leaders, committee members, workers in the missions organizations,
and youth who will lead other youth to Christ.
- Pray for the evangelical witness in Europe
and Russian states.
4. Thursday Those in Authority
"T" is for those in authority over us. First Timothy 2:1-2 says, "First of
all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on
behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a
tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." Often we complain about the
poor performance of those who govern us. Pray for national leaders, state and local
leaders, law enforcement personnel, and persons in the legal system.
- Pray for the evangelical witness in Latin
5. Friday Family and Friends
"F" is for family and friends. Paul wrote to his young friend Timothy that he
prayed for him both night and day (2 Timothy 1:3). Jesus prayed for His disciples (John
17). God wants us to pray sincerely for friends and family. Friday is a good day for
special remembrance of family and friends.
- Pray for the evangelical witness in the
6. Saturday Sinners
"S" is for sinners who are lost. Pray that Satans power over the lost will
be broken (2 Corinthians 4:4). Next pray for God to send Christians to witness to the lost
person (Acts 8:26). Finally, pray that the lost will bend their wills to Jesus Christ
until Christ is received as Lord and Savior and pray that God will burden your heart for
your lost friends.
- Pray for the evangelical witness in North
7. Sunday Services
"S" is for Sunday services. No prayer-no results! Much prayer-great results! On
Sunday morning and evening ask God to manifest Himself in wonderful power. Pray that the
Holy Spirit will bless the Bible study lessons, the pastors sermon, and the
discipleship sessions. Petition the Father for a true worship of Him during all the church
- Pray for the evangelical witness dealing with
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