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How to Start Having a Quiet Time with God

Updated on March 6, 2014

Find a Quiet Place

First, getting up early in the morning is a good idea when starting a quiet time with God. It's not essential to do your devotional time in the morning, but for many people, it is helpful to start your day off with the Word of God and prayer. If you are absolutely not a morning person, of course you can also have your quiet time at night.

Once you decide on a regular time, find a quiet place where you can comfortably sit and read, and pray. This place could be:

  • Outside on your balcony or porch, in your favorite wicker chair
  • In your living room in a comfy easy chair
  • At the park, sitting on your favorite bench
  • At your kitchen table in the quiet of the morning

Or anywhere you like! Wherever it is, make sure your quiet spot is free from distractions. Make sure it is a calm place, where you can read, pray, and maybe even journal your thoughts and prayers.

Bring your Bible (and perhaps a Prayer Journal, Devo Books)

Take with you:

  • your Bible
  • a Prayer Journal, if you have one
  • a devotional book, if you choose

Remember to leave behind/silence:

  • cell phones
  • computers
  • ipads/ipods
  • any technology or otherwise noisy items that could potentially distract you
  • that is, unless you are using a Bible app on your phone, which can be very helpful... As long as you can resist the temptation to look at social media!

This is a time to focus on and hear from the Lord, not browse Facebook, Instagram, and text all your buddies! Focus, focus, focus! ;)

It's helpful to bring a prayer journal so that you can record what you are reading and learning about as you do your devotional times, as well as write down your prayer requests/praise reports.

  • A prayer request is something you ask of God
  • A praise report is simply praising God for His answers to your petitions

~Helpful Tip!~ It's awesome to look back over the years and realize how many prayers the Lord has answered, so writing them down is really special!

If you choose to bring a devotional book, it can be beneficial. However, remember to keep this time primarily about studying the Word of God and hearing God's voice through the Bible. Devotional books are supplementary only. Nothing can replace the power of the inspired Word of God!

Start out with Prayer

Start your time by quieting your heart before the Lord. Pray and ask that God will bless your time together and bring to mind anything He wants to impress upon your heart through the reading of Scripture.

This could include:

  • Something God is trying to show you to encourage you
  • Unconfessed sin your life, that you need to repent of
  • Character traits of God that He wants to remind you of through His Word,

and so on.

Read: One chapter from OT, then one chapter from NT

You can read the Bible in any order; however, I recommend reading one chapter from the Old Testament, and one chapter from the New Testament.

~Helpful Tip!~ If you don't have time to read that much, at least read a Psalm or a Proverb. They are generally short, and it's still better to start your day with that than nothing at all. It's surprising what even 5 minutes with God can do to change your heart and mind, and turn your thoughts toward the Lord!

Record your Observations / What you Learned

Record what you learned and observed from today's readings.

  • You can write this down in your prayer journal, or
  • You can also write in the margins of your Bible

Why not? It's your Bible, right? ;) Plus then, you can go back and read it again later, and it's always a good reminder.

Close Your Time with Prayer

When you're finished with your readings for the day, read whatever devotional books you have with you.

Next, close your time with prayer.

  • Ask the Lord to call to mind what you learned from His Word throughout your day
  • Pray God continues to impress His truths upon your life
  • Pray for the outpouring of God's Spirit in your life today and always!

Of course you should also:

  • Repent of any sins in your life
  • Pray for anyone you know who is sick or struggling
  • Pray God helps you to bless those around you today

and pray for / praise God for anything else He brings to your attention.

Remember, Jesus Loves You!

If you skip a day, or a week, or a month... Don't beat yourself up too much! Just get up the next morning and go to your quiet place, and read God's Word and pray again.

Remember, "A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again."


Keep seeking the Lord! Jesus Christ loves you!

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    • North Wind profile image

      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Having quiet time with God is the most important thing and I believe that doing this before the day starts as well as giving thanks at the closing of the day is what will keep Him at the forefront of your mind and temptation will be easier resisted.

      The prayer journal is a good thing to have because I usually am able to go back and see the way God worked after a few months even. When we saturate ourselves with the word of God it keeps us full throughout the day and enables us to give some of its goodness away to others.

      Good hub!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a beautifully written hub here on a most important topic: Having quiet time with the Lord! I just loved reading your hub. The best time of my day is when I do just that, spend quiet time with the Lord. It just does not get any better than that for me.

      Up and more and sharing.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I should do that at least a few times per week. It would be a good way to start the day. Nice hub.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Disciplining oneself to spend that quiet time with God is not always easy but so worth the effort. Just yesterday I read a quote that went something like, "After meditation Buddha was asked what he had gained. He replied nothing, but it was what he had lost that was important: anger, stress, ? …" (it was a list of negatives that he said he lost via meditation). I was struck with such a sadness for those who follow him because it's true, his ways offer nothing of eternal value.

      Jesus came to sacrificially bestow His love and power on our behalf , to provide for those who would give up their own will to follow Him, to give more than we can even think to ask both in this life and in eternity when we align our wills with His. John 10:10 is a wonderful summary of His giving.

      The old question of how we would feel if we were in a relationship where the other party only took from us but refused to spend regular time with us still needs to be answered by everyone who claims to be a Christian. By giving that time to God, we receive much more than we give.

      What a wonderful thought it is that His power to help one is not diminished by helping another, and we do need His help, even to set aside that time to quiet ourselves before Him on a daily basis. Thank you for posting a guide that will be useful to anyone who wants to know God better.

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      Yvette Stupart 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks kiddiecreations for your suggestions for quiet time. As we move from this time the sense of God's presence should permeate throughout the day.

      Bless you.

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