Sunday March 3, 2013 – Quiet time with God is an important part of our relationship with God. Develop the priority for quiet time daily and have a specific place for it. Be persistent and passionate about your quiet time with God.
Your quiet time is supposed to be engaging. – Pastor Dwayne Terry
Back to Basics, Part 01
Genesis 3:8a – “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”
Exodus 33:11 – “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”
John 4:23 – “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
- Our quiet time became too quiet.
James 5:16b (NKJV) – “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteousman avails much.”
Psalm 119:103 – “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
- Our quiet time became too formal.
Matthew 15:8 – “These people honor me with their lips, but theirhearts are far from me.”
- Our quiet time became too impersonal.John 15:15 – “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Bringing Back Quiet Time
- Develop the priority of quiet time.
Psalm 5:3 – “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in themorning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
The only thing Christianity cannot be is moderately important. (CS Lewis)
- Develop a place for quiet time.
Luke 22:39 – “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, andhis disciples followed him.”
- Develop a plan for quiet time.Luke 11:1-2 – “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘when you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.’”
Mark 1:35 – “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.”
- Develop a persistence for quiet time.
Luke 18:1 – “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show themthat they should always pray and not give up.”
Galatians 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
- Develop a passion for quiet time.Romans 12:11-12 – “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’