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1. Prayer is the first thing to do in our Quiet Time. This will be a brief prayer for understanding as you prepare to read God’s Word. The Psalmist said, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” (Psalm 119:18).
2. Read the Scriptures daily. Reading God's Word gives us growth. Neglecting God's Word leads us to carnality and sin. Use a Bible reading schedule. It maybe in the morning, noon or night time. It will pace you to read through the entire Bible. If you don’t, your Bible reading may become hit and miss.
3. Record insights and make personal application. Think about the meaning of what you read. Seek answers to such questions as:
a. Who is speaking?
b. To whom is he speaking?
c. What is he speaking about?
d. What is taking place?
e. When is this taking place?
f. Where is this taking place?
g. Why is this happening?
h.Why is he saying this?
Write out a scriptural insight from your reading. This may be something new you learned or something God impressed upon your heart. This insight doesn’t need to come from the entire passage you read; it might just come from one verse or a phrase within a verse. Apply God's Word because that is wisdom.
4. Divide your time roughly into thirds.
One third – for Bible reading
One third – for thinking about what God has said (meditation)
One third – for prayer
Writing an insight down helps solidify it in your own thinking. The discipline of journaling is becoming well known in the Christian community. To help you make a personal application, put on your spiritual eyeglasses and ask these questions (they can be remembered by the acrostic SPECTACLES).
Did God reveal any . . .
S ins to confess?
P romises to claim?
E xamples to follow?
C ommands to obey?
T ruths to rejoice in?
A verse to memorize?
C hallenges to face?
L essons about God?
E rrors to avoid?
S upplications (prayers) to utter?
5. Spend time in prayer. Ask God to guide you throughout the day and to provide opportunities for you to apply what you have learned during your Quiet Time. It does not need to be some great, secretive truth God has shown you.
6. Review your memory verses. Memorizing a verse from the Bible each week is an excellent way to grow spiritually. At the end of your Quiet Time review your verses from previous weeks.
Conclusion: Philippians 4:6
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”