What is Quiet Time?
Every born-again Christian has a new thing to take care of: their spiritual life. QT, or quiet time, is not merely a time of quietness, but also a time alone with God. Every believer needs to be nurtured in order to grow spiritually mature. Thus, regular reading of God’s Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit are indispensable elements of living a fruitful life as a disciple of Jesus. Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) An effective devotion helps us intimately connect to Jesus.
In addition, participating in QT’s together on the church level allows us to share with one another and grow together. It gives us unity as the body of Christ and a form of accountability.
Journaling causes us to focus on God’s words, resulting in a deeper understanding of God’s attributes and truth; this lays the foundation of a godly life. Furthermore, consistent journaling makes us sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit. We also learn to bring ourselves before God regularly to listen to Him and be in His presence. James 4:8 says “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” When you are obedient to His command to meditate on the Word, God promises to be with you and bless your QT with His providence. We urge you to spend 15 minutes each day writing the QT journals diligently. God will lead you into His promised abundant life.
Special QT notebooks are available for purchase in the main office for $1 each. Each notebook gives space for two months of journaling!
Eight Steps of QT
- Briefly describe what I read.
Read the assigned passage and consider what God wants to speak to me today.
- What attributes of God do I see in this passage?
It is very important to meditate and know the characteristics of God.
- What truth/teaching/lesson did I receive from this passage?
What command, assignment, comfort, encouragement, promise, warning or rebuke do I receive from God today? What sin do I need to flee from? What model should I imitate?
- What does today’s Scripture remind me to be thankful for?
Through today’s passage, God reminds me of the blessings He has given to me.
- Wait quietly and listen. What does God want to say to me?
Wait and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me God’s will, reminders, comfort, and encouragement.
- How can I apply today’s QT to my daily life?
Applying what I have learned in my current circumstances brings changes and blessings.
- My prayer response to today’s QT.
Respond to God’s revelation and correction with prayer.
- Name a title for today’s QT.
Summarize today’s devotion with a phrase. Get creative! It is helpful for reviewing the QT later.