MAINTAINING A QUIET TIME RECORD
"The men who have most fully illustrated Christ in their characters, and have most powerfully affected the world for Him, have been men who spent so much time with God as to make it a notable feature in their lives. . . . To be little with God is to be little for God" (E.M.Bounds).
WHAT IS A QUIET TIME?
A Quiet Time is an unhurried time of Bible reading and prayer. As such, it is crucial to your relationship with God.
A note of caution: Your Quiet Time should always include Bible reading, but it won't necessarily include in-depth Bible study. So when meditating on Scripture, be sure you adequately understand what the passage means before you attempt to apply it to your life.
WHY HAVE A QUIET TIME?
1. It promotes spiritual growth and nourishment (Jer. 15:16, Heb. 5:12-14, 1 Pet. 2:2).
2. It helps cultivate the spiritual disciplines necessary to victorious Christian living.
3. Above all else, it enables you to have a vital companionship with the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps. 16:11, John 15:4, 1 Cor. 1:9).
WHAT IS A QUIET TIME RECORD?
A quiet time record is simply a written journal of your daily quiet time time with the Lord. Your record needn't be fancy or complicated. A simple notebook will do.
WHY USE A QUIET TIME RECORD?
1. For greater retention, consistency, and accountability
Recording your thoughts each day helps you retain what you've learned. It also develops greater consistency in your quiet times, and holds you accountable to the truths the Lord has taught you.
2. For daily Bible input
Your quiet time gives you principles to reflect on each day. As that occurs, God has a greater opportunity to change and enrich your life as a result of your reading and meditation.
3. For increased analytical and organizational skills
Learning to identify key truths from Bible passages sharpens your discernment and helps you organize your thinking.
4. For tracking personal growth
As you record the things God impresses on your heart, over a period of time you'll often see trends in how He's dealing with you in key areas of your personal growth.
5. For sharing with others
As you continue to meditate on the Word, you'll build a reservoir of biblical truth from which to draw in dealing with others. Often the Lord will direct someone to you who needs to hear the very truth you've discovered that day.
HOW TO USE A QUIET TIME RECORD
1. As you read a portion of Scripture, you may want to make notations in the text for future reference. Some common notations include using brackets around important phrases, circles around repeated words or phrases, lines in the margin, or underlining or highlighting what impresses you.
2. Read the portion several times, looking for the key thoughts or principles. Often the verbs (words showing action) are the keys to unlocking the meaning of the text.
3. Complete your Quiet Time Record as follows:
Date - Record the current date of your reading.
Today's Reading - Record the reference for the day's reading.
Initial Observations - Record the key thoughts or principles you observe in the text.
Appropriate Applications - List some ways you can apply the principles you've observed. Keep in mind the importance of understanding what the text really means before attempting to apply it to your life. If in doubt, do further study or apply principles you're sure of.
Focus for Prayer - List two or three specific items for prayer that flow out of the text. Spend time praising God and lifting your requests to Him.
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