Quiet time with God is as necessary to the life of a believing Christian as breathing is to sustain physical life in our earthly body.  Without a daily meal of the Word of God we grow weak and eventually suffer malnutrition of the spirit.
Jesus has specific instructions for us regarding the practice of quiet times with Him.  “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen.  Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6  Jesus is concerned about our taking the time to be alone with Him.  He told His disciples in Mark 6:31 to “come away with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”  When we are alone with Him, we can rest; and, how wonderful that rest can be.  “There remains then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.”  (Hebrews 4:9, 10)  When we enter into that rest we can “cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us.” (1 Peter 5:7)
The ‘room’ you choose to go to and be alone with God can be anywhere.  It has been taught that the ‘room’ He spoke of is the covering of our head with a Tallit also known as a prayer shawl.  Personally, I have found that this helps when I am facing a particular problem or need.  I cover my head and it becomes my room. It has been said that John Wesley’s mother who had many children would sit in a chair with her apron over her face while she prayed.  Her children knew she was not to be disturbed when she was in her “room”.
Jesus made it a practice to be alone with the Father.  “…He went up into the hills by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23  “After leaving them, He went into the hills to pray.” Mark 6:46.  “One of those days, Jesus went out into the hills to pray and spent the night praying to God.” Luke 6:12
The goal is to eventually reach the place that spending the night with the Father alone, with Him in prayer, is as natural as eating.
 Mark chapter 14 relates that Jesus left His disciples to go off by Himself to pray just before He was crucified.  In verse 38 He gives a warning about what can happen if we do not watch and pray.  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing but the body is weak.”
Peter must have learned this lesson, after being filled with the Holy Spirit.  An example of this is given in Acts 10:9.  “About noon the following day as they were approaching the city, Peter went up to the roof to pray.”  (The “they” spoken of here were Cornelius’ two servants and a devout soldier sent to ask Peter to come to Cornelius’ home and preach the gospel to them.  See Acts 10:1 – 8
 What are some of the things we are to do when we go before the Lord during our quiet time?  “You are to study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)  Pray in this manner:  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed is your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven those who have offended us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:9 – 13)  This is an outline of prayer.  We begin with praise and an acknowledgement of His sovereignty.  We acknowledge that we are wholly dependent on Him for His provision of all we need.  We remember to forgive those who have offended us, so that God will forgive us.  And finally, we ask to be protected from the evil sources and resources of the enemy Satan.
 “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
 Be still before the LORD.  “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7  “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10  Ah, to experience the “stillness” that is waiting for us as we wait on the LORD and to know that He is God, the Creator of the Universe!  He is the “I AM”.  He is the God who was, who is and who will be.  He is the ever Present, ever Living One, the LORD of Hosts.
 Sing a song to the LORD.  “…sing and make music in your heart to the LORD.” Ephesians 5:19
 What happens when we go before the Lord?  What does He do?  “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love.  He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17  He will sing over us!  He sings lullaby’s to His beloved children.  What a precious promise!
 Praise Him!  “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” Psalm 30:11  Yes!  I can dance before Him!  Verse 12 says “That my heart may sing to You and not be silent.  O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.”
 He not only sings to us, but He listens to us!  How awesome is that?  “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, into his ears.”  Psalm 18:6  “For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.” Psalm 61:5
 Praise Him!  “I will praise you as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; and with singing lips my mouth will praise you.  On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 63:4 – 7)
Be blessed
Jane Owens
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