There comes a time in your Christian walk when spending time with God, becomes a daily priority. You genuinely desire to be with the Lord but there's a problem- It's inconsistent, it doesn't feel good, it's boring, you don't know how, your mind wanders, the list goes on.
You're not alone, this is something a lot of Christians struggle with and I know I've struggled (and still struggle) with some of these things.
*The following isn't ultimate list, there may be other reasons why it's hard you to commit to quiet time but these are some of things that have caused myself and many others to slack.*
- You have a checklist
I like to plan. I plan everything! I plan what time I'll read my Bible, what time I'll pray, what time I'll worship. I plan where I'll study, how many chapters. Get the picture? Now there's nothing wrong with being organised. In fact, the Bible praises people that are diligent, committed and focused. Proverbs 22:29
However, we have become so focused on how we think God wants us to spend time with him. We ignore the simple fact that God just wants you. That's it! He just wants you. He wants you to meet with Him, anytime, anywhere, any way you know how. He doesn't want us to become legalistic. I love this verse:
"Be still and know that I am God". Psalm 46:10
Just get into the presence of the Lord and let Him lead you. Know that He is God and know that He is able to give you inspiration as to watch to read, sing or write. His ways are not ours, Isaiah 55:8-9. He's not bound by our plans or schedules. He can move however He likes and it's up to us to breakaway from our rules and keep
up. As a starting point, just set a time you'll meet with Lord daily and let Him do the rest.
2. You read your bible
A major part of our quiet time is the Word. However the key phrase in my statement was read. There comes a time where reading is not enough. We must study the word. Both reading and studying are good and important however, when you read your Bible, you usually read to refresh your memory, to find comfort, or as an effort to think on good things, as we are commanded in Philippians 4:8.
In contrast, during a Bible study, you may spend an hour on just a couple of verses. The goal during study is to gain revelation and understanding not merely to refresh your memory. When you study the word you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the hidden mysteries of that verse, Psalm 119:18 You are able to apply it to your life and situation. You can then use that word to edify yourself and others.
3. You do it alone
This isn't to say that anytime you want to want to have quiet time, get 8 of your closest friends together and study the word. That's good but by doing it alone, I mean, many of us begin our time with the Lord without talking to Him. Before we start our quiet time , it's good practice to just say a few words of prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to where to study, help you understand what you read, Ephesians 1:17, to soften your heart to receive from Him and open your ears to hear from Him.