As we start a new year many of us have made a fresh commitment to read more of our Bible, pray more, and in general, have a more effective quiet time. While there is no right way or wrong way to do that, there are some things we might consider to make our time with God more spiritually profitable and enjoyable.
28 Ways to Improve Your Quiet Time
What Is a Quiet Time?
Sometimes as believers we speak a kind of Christianise. We throw around terms that we don’t fully explain. So let’s talk a little about what a quiet time is and is not.
First, what it is not.
It’s not a way to get right with God.
It’s not a way to earn His favor.
We can only be right with God by coming to Him by faith through Jesus Christ. If you’re not sure you’ve done this, you can read more about it here. In fact, this is so important, I would urge you to do that now before you finish reading this post if you’re not sure. Continue reading →
“I consider the time spent writing in my journal as Sabbath time – a time of rest and solitude, a time to come apart to be with God and to reflect on his Word, to search for his will, and to record the insights I receive. My journal has been the channel of many blessings” (p.17).
Journal Prompts for your Prayer or Scripture Journaling
Throughout the centuries, some of the greatest men and women of God have kept journals. But journaling isn’t just for spiritual giants. It’s for you and me.
If you find it hard to concentrate in your quiet time, a journal can help you focus on God and His Word.
Recording Scripture in a journal can help you remember and meditate on God’s promises.
If you have a desire to leave a record of your spiritual journey for your children or others, a journal is a great place to do so.
A journal can be a great place to capture ideas and pray for God’s timing and will.
It’s, also, a good place to record prayer lists, concerns and answers.
So What About You …
Do you keep a spiritual journal? Maybe you call it something else: a prayer journal, a Bible study notebook, or a Scripture journal.
Maybe you’ve thought about keeping a journal. You hear other people talk about it, but you think it would take too much time.
Maybe you hated writing in school and you can’t believe you’re even thinking about writing in a journal.
But a journal can be anything you want it to be. It can be handwritten or in an electronic format. Computers and tablets have dozens of apps and programs to fit every personality.
You can write a paragraph or a page, record a verse or a passage of Scripture, a prayer need or a prayer list. You can write everyday or only occasionally.
Here are Some Prompts to Try Out as You Journal or Experiment with Journal Keeping:
Start with the simple word “Yesterday …” then record the events of the day. At times this may lead into prayer for people or situations.
We’re all counselors. We’re counseling our friends when they seek our advice. We’re counseling our children when they come home crying because they weren’t invited to the party, they’re struggling in school, or suffering the consequences of a poor decision. We’re counseling others when we write our blogs, teach a Bible study, or lead a Sunday school class.
We’re all counselors. The question is … are we counseling well or not. Are we counseling from our experience? Are we counseling according to popular culture? Or are we counseling according to God’s Word?
While neither I, nor the author, want to reduce the Bible to a set of verses on any given subject, the Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Women can help you be a better, more biblical counselor, friend, mom, dad or teacher by leading you to pertinent passages of Scripture.
From the introduction:
The Bible is the grand story of God’s glory manifested in his rescue and restoration of his good but fallen and broken creation. This story is woven through every book in the Bible.
In Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Women, each of the topics and verses is a window into the grand mansion that is the Bible. As marvelous as the view is through the windows, it is only when we step inside the grand house— rest in its rooms, explore its many passages and balconies, enjoy its beauty and light— that we will be truly transformed.
When we encounter this grand home’s Master and Maker— Jesus Christ, whose name is written on every wall and reflected on every surface— we will know at last that we are truly home.
The Bible is not just a reference; it is so much more. Please do not get bogged down in the topics or the references. Take time to read, study, memorize, and meditate on the precious Word of God. Let it saturate your life. Keep exploring this mansion for the rest of your life!
They [God’s Words] are not just idle words for you— they are your life. Deuteronomy 32: 47 NIV