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Having A Quiet Time

Having A Quiet Time

Excerpts from Intimacy With God; Establishing a Vibrant Quiet Time and Prayer Time by Tara Furman © 2009 by Knowing God Ministries and Tara Furman.

Coffee Talk: for Thursday, July 31, 2014
Today’s Focus: Pulling Away to a Quiet Place
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Tara Furman
Blessing:

Lord, we love You. Open our ears to hear You as You speak to us and open our hearts to receive Your love. Fill us to overflowing with Your perfect love and all of the fruits of Your Spirit. We desire a closer relationship with You. Draw near to us, precious God, as we draw near to You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.

This Week’s Treasure:

Come near to God and he will come near to you

James 4:8

Main Course:

Have you noticed that we live in a culture that is perpetually moving? Getting things done and checking things off our list seems to give us a sense of accomplishment. We often try to whip ourselves into action, even when we are past the point of exhaustion. The world has a way of warping our perspective by making us think the busier we are, the more successful we will become.

And then there’s the countless means of communication. As good as it is and for all the good that it often serves, it’s often another source of busyness. Such examples are: endless phone calls, cell phones, emails, voicemails, texting, instant messaging, Facebook, Tweeting, blogging, etc…. Please hear me when I say that none of these things are bad; however they all can be time killers if we are not careful. Sadly, our time spent with Jesus is often sacrificed so that everything else can be fit in.

As I’ve been given the privilege to speak to many groups on the subject of a quiet time, I’d like to begin each of our new sections with questions that are often asked. I pray this is not distracting – perhaps they are your questions too. Please keep in mind that I am not trying to give you a formula or a method to follow. I’m just sharing with you what Jesus has shown me.

Question: What is a quiet time?

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A QUIET TIME IS. . .

In the midst of a busy world, God wants us to pull away to spend time with Him. Many Christians call this a quiet time. A quiet time is when we pull away to a quiet place, snuggle up in our favorite chair, Bible in hand, and spend time with Jesus. During this time you read your Bible, a devotional, or a book. (Two things to note on a book: I make sure that the book I’m reading is Biblically based and chock-full of Scripture.10)

You may simply sit still in the embrace of His Presence and worship. During this time, you talk to God by praying to Him. You meditate and listen to what you sense He’s telling you.11 It’s simply spending non-rushed, set-apart time with Him.

Question: With all the distracting voices clamoring for our attention, how do we spend quality time with Jesus?

The Answer: By being deliberate. Make time with Jesus your priority.

Making Jesus Our Priority

Jesus is our role model for living. When I look at the life of Jesus and His prayer practices, I see lots of quick, “arrow” prayers. However, I also see instances when He spent extended time in quiet communion with God.

Read Mark 1:29-38

Describe Jesus’ day prior to His “early morning.”

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What did Jesus do early the next morning?

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Currently, do you have a set-apart time during the day that you spend time with God? If so, describe it. If not, why?

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What are the biggest obstacles for you in having a quiet time?

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I have often used the excuse of busyness for not having my quiet time. We see from the above passage that Jesus knew what it meant to be busy. At every turn, it seemed that people wanted His attention or needed something from Him. (As a mother, I can certainly identify!) Please note that Jesus deemed spending time with the Father as most important. If Jesus, the Son of God, Who is the exact representation of God 12, made having a quiet time the vital component of His day, shouldn’t we also?

Reread Mark 1:36-37

Jesus was interrupted. What did Simon want Jesus to do?

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What was Jesus’ response?

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Why do you think He responded in this way?

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It does not say so in Scripture, but I believe that because Jesus carved out time to pull away with the Father, He understood what God wanted Him to do. Simon wanted Jesus to stay where they were — perhaps to pick up where they had left off the night before. (Not to mention, they were in his wife’s hometown – staying with his mother-in-law! I’m sure this made his wife happy.) It probably would have made sense to stay where they were, yet Jesus knew that it was time to move on. When you consistently carve out time in your day to spend with Jesus, you too will know what the Father’s will is for every area of your life.13 You will know His will for the big things as well as for the small things going on in your life. It’s one of the byproducts of spending time with Him.

Another byproduct of spending time with Him is that you and your family will be blessed by your peacefulness and unhurried pace in the midst of a rush-crazed world. I’m always amazed that because of my quiet time, I end up doing less, yet I accomplish more. This is a supernatural thing that I simply cannot describe, but I can testify to it.

Read Psalm 62:1-2.

What is another way we are benefited from spending time with God?

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What does this mean to you during this season of life?

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Because of the blood of Jesus, we are invited to enter into the very Throne Room of God. We get to draw near to His heart, to learn His ways, to connect our heart to His. We live in a fallen, dysfunctional world where things are constantly unraveling all around us. ONLY a vibrant relationship with Jesus can give us genuine soul rest and peace in the midst of a chaotic and changing world.

We’ll pick up here next week with part 2! Thank you for working so hard this week!

Review Question

Take a few moments to meditate on our study today.

Were there particular Scriptures or statements that spoke to you personally?

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What action steps will you take as a result?

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Closing Prayer:

Precious God, we praise Your mighty name. You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Thank You God for teaching us about You and for making a way for us to have a close, personal and intimate relationship with You. We love You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

References:

Furman, Tara (2009). Intimacy With God: Establishing a Vibrant Quiet Time and Prayer Time. LawrenceInk, and The Abare Group.

Unless otherwise specified, All Bible verses will be quoted from: The Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.

Scripture quotations marked NLT, New Living Translation; copyright 1996 by Tyndale House Publishers.

Footnotes:

10  There are many authors who claim they are Biblical, however are not. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 says that Satan and his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Be very careful what you are reading and who the author is.

11  When what you are reading jumps off the page and into your heart – this is God speaking. This is a point I hope to reiterate again and again throughout the study.

12  Hebrews 1:3

13  Ephesians 1:11

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