In a world where busy s our middle name, finding a quiet, and uninterrupted time for us to have a successful fellowship with the Lord can be challenging. Especially when you need to take and the kids from school, hurry to work, go to the gym, meet with appointments, and still squeeze out time to go grocery shopping. We may end the day without having the quiet time we proposed in our heart to have with our creator. The good news is, there is a solution, and you just found it.
However, before you read on, it is essential to know that quiet time simply means your interrupted time for prayers and Bible studies. Note that the Bible studies stated here do not mean going to church programs; it is your personal time with the Holy Spirit, studying and learning from the word of God.
Psalms 63:1-3 “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”
Tips to have a quiet, productive time
Some people find it difficult to concentrate on the Scriptures; they do not know what where to start from or what chapter to read. Well… the Bible is a vast book with so many beautiful stories and topics. Nonetheless, here are some of the tips that will stop you from being stuck trying to figure out what to study.
Get a Bible with Concordance
The Bible is big, and it can be difficult or tiring searching through the scriptures on what to study for that day… in some cases, spend more time deciding on what chapter or story you can read for that day. A concordance is like an index for your Bible; you can turn to the back, and look up a topic, a person and show you a list of Scriptures. For instance, you want to read about HOPE, all you have to is look up Hope in the concordance, and see the chapters, and verses which teach about Hope.
In addition, you can look up a person too; just pull out a concordance and look for the name, and you will see a list of verses that talks about the person in the Old Testament or New Testament. Concordance will help you to create a plan for what you will be studying or reading.
Furthermore, getting a concordance may not be the problem, but deciding on what to study. A lot of us face this challenge. One way to decide on what to study is to have a thirst to change something or character in life. First, look at what you are struggling with; is it anger? Drugs? Lying? Stealing? Unforgiveness? Jealousy? Envy? Unfaithfulness? Divorce? Make up your mind to find a solution in the word of God.
Get Books by Anointed Ministers
A concordance alone cannot help you study the word of God, this where great books by anointed ministers come in. God can speak to us through reading the Bible, listening to a message, or reading a book authored by a minister. So, get books that teach on the topics you want and then study, while studying the chapters and verses the Author(s) quoted in the book.
Schedule a time
Setting time aside to study the word of God, and to fellowship with the Holy Spirit is not a child’s play, and should be taken seriously, especially when you want to grow spiritually. Check your routine, and carve out a time that is convenient for you. Here is the truth; you will never get a “free” time to do anything. It takes discipline to follow through.
It is advisable to create quiet time in the morning, before any other thing. Psalms 63:1 “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee”
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
When you start your day with God, you have insured the rest of routines into God’s hands.
Study the according to Biblical events
Another way to study the Bible is to look at the biblical calendar; many big events such as the Christmas, Passover, Easter. It will give you the chance to study the mysteries behind these events. Moreover, the Christmas season is an excellent opportunity to study the prophecies that foretold the coming of the Messiah.
The importance of prayer cannot be overemphasized in the life of a believer; the more you pray, the stronger and faster you grow in spirit. In addition, you become sensitive in the spirit. Prayers cannot be substituted anything; it has a vital role in the life of a believer. So, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, to show you the wonders, the hidden secrets in the Word of God. Psalms 119:18 “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
Encourage Yourself In the Lord
Here is the Best news, our Father is ever faithful to answer your questions; James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.”