By: Hannah Pritchard
We are commanded throughout scripture to come before the Lord intentionally, ready to spend time in His presence. These times are not only meant for us to receive from God and fill our spiritual tanks, but these moments are also a physical manifestation of our worship towards Him.
These quiet times are moments in which we are able to have naked hearts and participate in communion with the Savior.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
Verses like Mark 1:35 show us that even Jesus participated in set-apart moments dedicated to fellowship with the Father. We are told that Jesus retreated and found time alone. Don’t underestimate the importance of solitude. Jesus was modeling a necessity in the life of a believer. However, we can sometimes believe the lie that complete solitude, isolation, and silence is the only path to achieve radical and abundant relationship with the Father. Although uninterrupted harmony with God leads to life-giving and restorative relationship, it is not the only means to have “quiet time” with Him. Those times are necessary but not always available and possible.
What do we do, then, when we are commanded to stay attached to Him (John 15:4-5), but yet we are unable to find those truly silent moments? How can we have a quiet heart (Psalm 131:2), be still (Psalm 46:10), and meditate on His word day and night (Psalm 1:2), when we are surrounded by daily responsibilities, distractions, noise, and chaos?
Here are some practical ways to have “quiet time” with God even when the circumstances are not quiet or life seems erratically busy:
1. Start and end your day with moments of stillness before the Father.
Even if the to-do list frantically floods your brain when you rise or if the clamors of the day pour over you as you attempt to lie down and rest, practice the discipline of putting these to the side and praising Him. Let your first and last words of the day be echoes of thanksgiving to God, no matter how broken or incoherent the conversation may seem. Even if you are awoken by a crying little one or a terrorizing alarm clock, consciously choose God before all else.
2. Listen to scripture as you go about your day.
Scripture should never become mundane background noise, but it instead should saturate every aspect of your day with truth, inviting God into the busy and mundane. Listen to Psalms while you make breakfast or the gospels while you drive. All scripture can be spoken over the moments in your busy schedule. Even while on the go, God’s Word calms and can allow you to have quiet, serenity when least expected. His word is active when seeking Him in isolation and while coming and going.
3. Have your Bible with you or in sight.
By purposefully placing your Bible in a high-traffic spot (on the kitchen counter, the bathroom vanity, the coffee table) or taking it along with you (in your diaper bag, backpack, in the car) you are able to create a visual cue to remember to pause and digest His word. Sometimes the act of just seeing your Bible stirs a longing in your heart to feast on scripture. As mentioned above, long-drawn out, isolated quiet times are so valuable, but there is also value even when you can only read little bite-sized chunks. God has the power to do immeasurably more than we can imagine, even through just one proverb or a few verses in Matthew. Not only is this nourishing for you, but it also is a way to stir up passion in others as they see you turning to the word throughout your day. Women have so much power to influence. Your kids, your spouse, your family, your friends, and your coworkers will all be impacted by your choice to read His word.
(Side note: The Bible app and online Bible resources are another great way to take the word with you! Instead of checking Instagram first, click on the Bible app.)
4. Be in constant prayer, throughout the day.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing.” What does that look like in practice? It’s not just calling on God for help in the difficult moments, but it’s about fostering conversation in the midst of everything. Imagine He is sitting at the breakfast table with you or riding in the passenger seat. What an amazing gift it is to be able to talk with our savior about anything and everything. Long, eloquent prayers are powerful, but so are one-word whispers when we can’t form words or seemingly trivial conversations as we experience the day. God desires deep relationship with us and one way to sharpen our communion with Him is to engage in constant prayer.
May these tools encourage and affirm you in wholesome and beneficial quiet time with God, for every circumstance and season.
Hannah is a wife to Simon and mama to Theodore Samuel. She began walking with Christ at age 17 and He is radically reshaping her world daily. She currently lives in a small town in northern Maine. Hannah is passionate about reaching women in all life stages with the gospel and particularly loves empowering young girls to pursue Christ.