This article is written by Shemeca Richard for the Deeply Rooted Devotional series. To submit a guest blog, click here.
Searching through the dark, I stubbed my toe as I reached for the small lamp on the desk. It is 4 am. I am searching for my Bible, notebook, and pencil bag. It is time to connect with God through quiet time.
Quiet time is that special time that is set aside to fellowship and connect with God. Building a personal relationship and connecting with God is important. It is through our personal relationship that we can observe miracles, signs, and wonders. Connecting with God through quiet time is the foundation to building that relationship. It is through quiet time that we can get deeply rooted in the Word of God. We can connect with God through quiet time through praying, praising/worshiping, meditating, and/or reading the Bible or devotionals.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
I start my quiet time by waking up an hour or two earlier. I know that some of you may be laughing right now, but I have found this to be the most effective way for me to have quiet time and get connected with God. There is nothing like being alone with God while the rest of the world is sleeping.
Connect with God by Reading and Studying the Bible
Why read the Bible? The Bible is our Book of Life that tells us the do’s and don’ts about life as a Christian. Through getting connected with God’s word through the Bible we learn about his commands and instructions. The Bible teaches us to desire God more and to sin less.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Reading the Bible provides encouragement and refreshment for the soul.
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:4 (ESV)
When reading the Bible during quiet time, take your time and meditate. Take your time and get an understanding of the scripture. Remember you are getting instructions on how to live and lead your life.
How to meditate on scripture
Write out the verse(s) that stands out to you. Ask yourself, “What did I learn? How can I apply what I learned to my life?”
Pause and listen to the Holy Spirit for a revelation of the scripture. Use the reference section of the Bible to help you get a better revelation of the scripture.
To start reading the Bible, start by reading one book at a time. If you do not know where to start, a great place to start is with the book of John and then Psalms. Ask God for guidance from there. Daily devotionals and topical studies are a great way to get connected with God and get deeply rooted in the Word of God as well.
Praise and Worship the Lord in your quiet time.
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing.Psalm 100:2 (ESV)
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!Psalm 150:6 (ESV)
Praise is an expression of love and glorifying God for who He is. Worship is remembering God for who He is and what He has done in your life. Praise and worship are the gatekeepers to access the presence of God. Praise and worship are great ways to connect with God on a daily basis.
Communicate with God through Prayer
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Daily prayer is essential to our relationship with God. Prayer is how we communicate our praises, thoughts, requests, needs, hopes, and worship to the Lord. Prayer is a great way to connect with God, as prayer consists of us speaking, meditating, and listening. During prayer allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you during the moment.
The key to connecting with God is the consistency of fellowship (spending time with God in prayer, meditation, and praise/worship. Try to keep your routine consistent throughout the week.
My quiet time has become a habit and part of my life. There are some mornings that I may only get through a few verses. Some days I do not get it right. Some mornings I am a mess and cannot focus. There are few mornings that my quiet time may be a silent tear-filled prayer with soft worship music. But the beauty of the whole process is that I am able to spend quality time to fellowship and connect with God. We serve an awesome and loving God who sees our hearts and longs for fellowship and connect with us.