HOW’S YOUR ‘QUIET TIME’ OR COMMUNION WITH THE LORD?
“Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But ONE THING IS NEEDFUL: and Mary Hath Chosen that Good Part, which shall not be taken away from her.” [Luke 10:41,42]
“QUIET TIME” [QT], aka “Daily Devotional,” describes the spiritual discipline of a daily time set aside for communion with God, listening to Him [His Word] and speaking with Him [Prayer]. While the phrase “quiet time” is not found in Scripture, the concept of men communing with God is found repeatedly. Even after the first Adam’s sin, we see God continuing to pursue their relationship, calling out to Adam “Where art thou?” [Gen 3:9]
Mark records that “In the early morning, while it was still dark, [Jesus, the “Last Adam” 1Cor 15:45] arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.” [Mk 1:35] clearly demonstrating His dependence on and need for communion with His Father [E.g., Jesus declared “I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.” [Jn 8:28, Jn 5:19, Jn 5:30] If Jesus, our Example of the perfect Man [1Pe 2:21, 1Cor 11:1-note, 1Jn 2:6] perceived the need to meet with His Father, how much more do we as followers of Jesus need to meet regularly with the Father!
Christian author Patrick Morley states that “Whenever a man tells me that he doesn’t feel very close to God, the first question I ask is, “Tell me about your devotional life [QT].” Often the problem is just there.” Indeed, for many the prospect of a regular QT is viewed more as drudgery than as delight, more as a ritual or routine than as a relationship. Henry Blackaby encourages us “not to think of the time you spend with God as a duty.
The purpose of a QT is for you to get to know God. And as you come to know Him, you can walk out of your special times with God enjoying a living relationship with Him that you can cultivate all day & throughout your life.” When we meet Christ at the Cross, we call that conversion. When we meet Him “in the closet” [QT], we call that conversation. At the Cross we come to know Christ initially, and in the closet we grow to know Him intimately [cp 2Peter 3:18]. Indeed, to be much like Christ, we must be much with Christ! Amen!
Quoted from Precept Austin