It's About That Time!

By Darlene Thorne
Worship Leader, EXW Contributor
June 19, 2023

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Quiet time could refer to those precious moments after the kids are in bed, but for Christians, a quiet time is more than that. Quiet time, or devotion time refers to our daily appointment with God, when we shut out as much outside interference as possible. During our quiet time, we may sing praise songs, pray, read scripture or some devotional book, meditate on a particular passage of scripture or just be still and allow yourself to listen. Now let me say this making the appointment is one thing, but keeping it is something totally different! We face a couple of challenges in spending time with God. One of the challenges comes from the outside and the other resides on the inside.

We face the challenge of outside distractions, the television, radio, phone and conversations in general. Making time for daily meeting with God is critical!

If we stop to think about it for a moment, we recognize that we live in enemy-occupied territory, so constructing an ideal spiritual surrounding can be next to impossible. Satan, our arch enemy does not want us to get a quiet time with God, so he makes that his assignment to keep us from getting to be alone with the Father. Satan knows that if we get to spend time with the Lord, we will have ammunition to defeat him. As we spend time with God we grow to become more like Him and the enemy hates that.

Whenever you find it hard to get time with God, realize who is really behind the struggle and remember who is greater! Another distraction comes from the inside. Do you ever notice that when you sit down to read the word or pray that these out of the blue thoughts come flooding through your brain? You have to wash the car, you have an important phone call to make or you have to buy dog food. Why do you think of these things at that point in time? Again the inner struggle to unwind and be still continues.

Even though getting to establish a quiet time can be hard it is necessary. It requires that we focus on the big picture. We need God to talk to us! He so longs to speak to us. We need to make Him our number one priority. In order for us to be successful in all that we do, God must be first. There are passages in scripture that speak of Jesus going to spend time with the Father. Mark 1:35 says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” In the 5th chapter of Luke verse 16 the Bible says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed,” If Jesus saw the importance of spending time with his Father, how much more do we need to fight for that necessary time?

1. Make an appointment with God.

2. Tell your loved ones that this is the time you are spending with the Lord

3. Help your children understand that you are going to spend time with God. I remember one mother told her children that if they walked by mommy’s bedroom and there was a scarf wrapped around the doorknob mommy was talking to Jesus and she was not to be disturbed.

We have to know that in order to fulfill our assignment we must get our marching orders and it only comes with an uninterrupted scheduled time with God.

As we enter the New Year, let us take hold to giving God our best and receive the best from Him for our lives.

Darlene Thorne
Worship Leader, EXW Contributor
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