Have you ever found yourself desiring to spend more quiet time with God, but you find it difficult with a busy schedule?
Learning to withdraw from the busyness of life and spend a few moments alone with God each day will help to attune your heart and your mind to God’s own voice and his rhythms
Most believers firmly believe in the importance of spending daily quite time with God, in His Word and in prayer, yet so many of us struggle to do it consistently.
I am convinced that this struggle is keeping many believers from becoming the woman for God that they truly are meant to be.
You have been saying you want to be intentional about having a quiet time with God every morning, but when the alarm clock sounds, that makes it easy to hit the snooze button and stay buried under the covers for another 30 minutes or so!
In order to spend quality quiet time with God, getting out of bed is a necessary step if you want to prioritize quiet time in the morning. Our quiet time in prayer allow us to communicate with God, and able you to embrace an intimate relationship with God.
Spending quiet time with God is one of the most important moments in your life. With a busy schedule, picking the children up from school, carpools, homework after school, preparing meals, and during housework, when you stop and dedicate that time with God, your life will never be the same again.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7 (KJV)
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What Is Quiet Time with God?
A “Quiet Time” is a daily personal appointment with God, during which we get away from distractions and meet with God through prayer, praise, and Bible study. Through these disciplines God talks to us, and we talk to God.
It reminds us that we belong to God. Jesus said, “I choose you!” (John 15:16)
It creates room for God in our busy lives. “Be still and know that I the LORD and wait patiently for him.”
Quiet time with God, also stated as heart-to-heart time, or one-on-one time with the creator. It can be time spent in prayer, meditation, worship of God or simply study of the Bible.
Quiet time with God can be anytime of the day. Personally, my quiet time with God is first thing in the mornings, before my day starts.
This time is different with every individual, but it can be done when you, put away your cell phone, do not check your email, refrain from having conversations, and stay away from loud and noisy places.
Mark 1:35 tells us that “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.”
Jesus was in the habit of withdrawing on a regular basis to pray. Jesus took time to withdraw from the busyness of life and spend some time alone with his Father.
Taking time to withdraw from the rest of our responsibilities and spend some time alone with God helps us to get familiar with God’s voice and get into the habit of bringing everything to God in prayer.
Importance of Quiet Time with God
Quiet time is very important for every Christian woman. It prepares you for the presence of God. In order to grow in your relationship with Christ, you need to take time each day to have quiet time to fellowship with the Lord.
When we neglect our time with God, it robs us of the many blessings God has in store for us, just by being in His presence.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
The purpose of quiet time is to build your relationship with God, learn more about Him, and to be like Him.
If we neglect our quiet time with the Lord, we will find ourselves heading down a road of pain, loneliness, and despair. God created us with the need to be in relationship with Him.
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. Mark 1:35
Morning Quiet Time with God
Starting your morning quite time with God should be your number one priority in your life.
Instead of spending fifteen minutes scrolling social media feeds, starting the day with a time of scripture reading, journaling, and prayer, you are indicating that your desire is to spend it with God first thing in the morning.
By starting your day doing that, you are eliminating any excuses or distractions for not doing it.
Quiet time with God in the mornings is just that, simply spending time with Him. Thinking about Him. Talking to Him. Listening to Him. Just like you spend that special moment with that special person you love.
You want to spend time thinking about them. Talking to them. Listening at every word they speak. Guess what, that is the same way with God.
There is no certain time, no special room in the house. He will meet you where you are. God is inviting you into a closer relationship with him. 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 3 minutes. God will meet you wherever you are.
Quiet time with God does not have to take place in the morning. That is what I usually do, because that is my time, I meet with Him in the mornings.
But sometimes I have morning appointments or plans that change my quite time. On those days, I move my quiet time after my appointments.
While a daily morning quiet time is ideal, you can have profound encounters with God while on break at work, while driving to the store, doing the dishes, or listening to a podcast.
We should not get hung up on things like how long we read or prayed or if we are using the right materials or saying the right words. God does not care about any of that. He just wants a daily encounter with you.
Psalm 147:11 says, “No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
With a busy schedule forming daily schedule will not be easy. Nothing of value is ever easy. The main objective for any of us is disciplining ourselves to have a quiet time every day.
Over time, it becomes a habit that is easily repeated. Even better, it will soon become the best and most productive part of your day. And you will find when you spend quite time with God in the mornings, your day will go smoothly.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
Benefits of Quiet Time with God
Having time alone with God will strengthen your relationship with Him and bring awesome benefits. We should be willing to spend time alone with God no matter what the hour.
When we take time to read the Bible, it helps expand your knowledge of God’s word, and lets you be more rooted and grounded as Christians.
In order to deepen our relationship with Christ, and through that connection, we personally grow and become empowered to build the kingdom. But there are other important benefits to establishing a consistent time with God.
It builds character
The word character comes from the Greek, meaning “to make a mark.” Your character is your mark on the world. Character can be defined as the sum of one’s characteristics. Whereas, strength of character, is to have strong characteristics that are of value to others and to oneself. To say it another way, the ethical values we all strive to represent are characteristics, while strength of character is the extent to which you execute your values.
Character is defined as “your moral self,” the “crown of a moral life,” and referred to as a “moral structure,” something you built through virtuous behavior. To go further with this statement, character defines who we are. So, when we judge someone else, we often judge them based on character.
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. —1 Timothy 4:8
By setting and adhering to our quiet times, we are training ourselves to practice self-control, and we are doing it by following through with a habitual behavior that is incredibly beneficial to us spiritually.
One of the best quotes on character by Frank Outlaw, who once said,
Watch your thoughts: They become your words.
Watch your words: They become your actions.
Watch your actions: They become your habits.
Watch your habits: They become your character.
Watch your character: It becomes your destiny.
It keeps our hearing in tune with the Holy Spirit
Is a daily quiet time part of your daily routine? If it is not, we urge you to consider setting aside time to spend with God every day. Are just starting your day with five minutes of quiet time can give great benefits to your relationship with God.
One of the most effective ways to improve your ability to hear the Holy Spirit is by focusing on God’s Word.
John 15:7, Jesus said, “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”
How do you know when you have been focusing enough on the Word? The Holy Spirit talks to you through it! He directs your thoughts as you go about your day. He brings it to your mind when challenges arise, and helps you know what to do.
You focus on the Word by spending time in it. You cannot just read it casually every now and then. You have to be diligent to read your Bible and reflect on it every day and obey it. Treat it like the priceless treasure it is.
It draws us closer to God
Quiet time helps to grow your faith by drawing you closer to God. The more time you spend with someone, the more you get to know them. It is the same with God.
Spending time with God helps you to develop true intimacy with him as he teaches you deep truths you cannot find on the surface.
Jesus showed his disciples the “secrets of the kingdom,” not because they were perfect or more holy than anyone else, but because they spent time with him. (Matt 13:11)
If you want to grow your relationship with the Lord, study his word daily. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Remember God’s greatness.
Remembering God’s goodness and how faithful He is to His promises. As you look back, remember to thank God for every answered prayer and divinely appointed person who affected your spiritual growth.
Remembering the goodness and grace of God is good for our soul because it grows our faith.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. (Psalm 77:11, NIV)
It keeps us more mindful of God’s presence
One of the biggest challenges of the Christian life is a tendency to go through our day and forget about God. While it is not intentional, it is easy to get so preoccupied with our daily lives that we lose sight of the fact that God is right there, present in every moment.
When we have a stable connection to Jesus built upon our daily practice of spending time with him, God’s presence becomes more central to our everyday behavior. It becomes easier to stay mindful of his existence and nearness throughout our day.
Quiet Time Grows Your Faith
Do you want to grow stronger, and deeper in faith? Then you need to spend quite time with God.
Daily quiet time will grow your faith strong. As you get alone with God, let the Holy Spirit quiet your heart and fill your mind with truth.
Sit still in God’s presence
Be still and know that God is God. Sense God’s presence? Then simply sit still and be with Him.
Quiet Time with God Bible Verses
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,
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. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
How Do You Spend Time with God?
- Set Time with God
The first step in spending time with God is to intentional set time to spend time with God. No distractions.
- Ask God for forgiveness of sins
The second step is to repent for any sins you can remember committing and ask for forgiveness for those which you may have done unintentionally.
You can also turn over any significant issues on your mind to him. This could be family issues, work issues, health issues. All the things that could start to seem overwhelming when you dive into intentional quiet time.
- Read his word
The next step is to dive deep into God’s word. You could do a topical bible study, or verse mapping. Maybe you have a reading plan that walks you through the entire bible. Whatever the plan for reading the word of God, do it. Reading his word is a way to better know his voice. When you know what he has said in the past, you can more easily distinguish his voice from others in the presence.
- Meditate on the Scriptures
After reading you will want to meditate on the word of God. To pray about what you read in His Word. And thank him for it. This will be where the quiet time begins. As you read his word, go slowly, stop when a word or a phrase sticks out to you. You can underline these words and phrases to review now or later.
This meditation time can also be less active. You can also simply begin dwelling on the words. After reading through the passage a few times. Think on the words or phrases that stick out in your memory. Contemplate these quietly.
- Listen for his voice
This is the step where things can be difficult for the person who is new to quiet time with God. This step you are simple still and quiet. At this stage of your quiet time, you want to be conscious about minimizing distractions. You will want to make sure to focus on the quiet voice.
When you find a thought that does not seem of God come up, you can acknowledge it and then return your mind to those words or phrases from your meditation of God’s word.
When you are just starting out, you can set a timer. Start small, 5 minutes of calm silence is enough to begin. Gradually you can increase that time.
- Write down His answer
The last step in learning how to have quiet time with God is to write down what he says to you. Listen clearly to the Holy Spirit to speak to you. He will. Whatever words that stand out to you.
It could be those words or phrases that stood out to you during your meditation on his word. It could also be a revelation about his character or about your own.
It could be a sin you had forgotten or a dream he has for you. Whatever it is, use your prayer journal and write these things down.
How can I Improve My Quiet Time with God?
You can improve your quite time with God, just by desiring to spend time with him in his presence. Every relationship starts by spending time together to grow.
A Christian’s relationship with God is no different. We need to spend time with God to know Him better, to love on Him, to hear His heart, and to foster intimacy with our Savior.
Improving your quiet time with God only takes a willing heart and consistency.
If the desire of your heart is for God and knowing more about his character and his heart for you, then you are halfway to a more intimate time spent with the Father.
But one thing I am sure of: time spent first with God, focusing our hearts and minds on what matters most in this life, is time never wasted.
And it is always worth more than we can fully see. So much to be thankful for strength, love, wisdom, and peace, filling our hearts and lives await us.
Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
Notice that according to those verses when you “attend” to God’s words they become “sayings.” The Scriptures start talking to you. The Holy Spirit speaks to them to you on the inside so you can not only see but hear the thoughts of God.
Make it a priority of meeting with Him regularly even if it is just for a short amount of time and allow those times to grow in time as you come to recognize His voice more each day. God desires and deserves your full attention. Commit to sit at His feet daily. You will be blessed.
Quiet Time with God Quotes
It is not easy to shut out the world, set aside a few minutes by yourself, and spend time in God’s Word and prayer. But it is essential if we are to grow in our relationship with God and be strengthened for the battles ahead. Don’t delay. Begin now to spend time alone with God every day. Billy Graham
No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere. Leonard Ravenhill
Come, and however feeble you feel, just wait in His presence. As a feeble, sickly invalid is brought out into the sunshine to let its warmth go through him, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there, with the one thought: Here I am, in the sunshine of His love. As the sun does its work in the weak one who seeks its rays, God will do His work in you. Oh, do trust Him fully. “Wait on the Lord! Be strong, and let your heart take courage! Yea, wait thou on the Lord!” Andrew Murray
It is well that we accept the hard truth now: the man who would know God must give time to Him. He must count no time wasted that is spent in the cultivation of His acquaintance. He must give himself to meditation and prayer hours on end. So did the saints of old, the glorious company of the apostles, the goodly fellowship of the prophets and the believing members of the holy Church in all generations. And so must we if we would follow in their train. A.W. Tozer
Before the heart unlocks itself for the world, God wants to open it for himself; before the ear takes in the countless voices of the day, it should hear in the early hours the voice of the Creator and Redeemer. God prepared the stillness of the first morning for himself. It should remain his. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
There is an amplified encounter in the gathering of faith filled hearts that is not reproducible on your own. However, there is an intensified intimacy in the quiet of our personal and solitary rendezvous that is inhibited by the presence of others. People of faith need both to thrive. Nancy Boyd-Sherman
John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me.” In seasons of uncertainty and turmoil, we are being asked to make a deliberate decision. We are being asked to not allow our hearts to be troubled. The only way I know how to do that is to spend copious amounts of time with God so I can walk through hard times from a place of peace… and that peace will impact those directly around me. It starts with me. Katherine Walden
I ought to pray before seeing anyone. Often when I sleep long, or meet with others early, it is eleven or twelve o’clock before I begin secret prayer. This is a wretched system. It is unscriptural. Christ arose before day and went into a solitary place. David says: “Early will I seek thee”, “thou shalt early hear my voice.” Family prayer loses much of its power and sweetness, and I can do no good to those who come to seek from me. The conscience feels guilty, the soul unfed, the lamp not trimmed. Then when in secret prayer the soul is often out of tune. I feel it is far better to begin with God-to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Quiet Time with God Prayer
Father, in the Name of Jesus,
Thank you for this post. May it touch everyone who reads it. And I pray that they will experience a real relationship with you, as they open their heart to you, and that You will heal whatever that is attacking their body.
I know that you know the plans and purpose for my life. And I am so grateful that your plans are good. I give you praise for your compassion and love. I thank you that your mercies are new every morning and your faithfulness is greater than I could ever imagine.
“Lord, I want to know You. Show me Your glory.”
Give me a heart to seek you, more, and focus all my thoughts and attention on you, more than anything else.
Help me to notice how you are powerfully at work in my life, help me to hear your voice above all the other chatter of this world.
Help me to truly let go of what you have asked me to release to you and to believe that you are at work in ways I cannot fully see.
Thank you that all my quiet time I want to spend with You, Lord help me grow closer to You.
In Jesus Name. Amen
Free Bible Study Printables and Worksheets
“Quiet Time with God”
Are you ready to dive deep into the Word and not sure where to find some great printable resources to help you along?
I’ve compiled this bundle of free Bible study printables along with worksheets that will help you in your Quite Time Bible Study. You are welcome to use this printable for personal use or in small group Bible studies.
Have a wonderful day! Enjoy!