By: Grace McCready
“Read your Bible every single day this year.”
“Pray for one new person every week of 2021.”
“Memorize an entire book of the Bible by the end of the year.”
“Write down five things you’re grateful for daily, starting on January 1st.”
“Lengthen your prayer time from 10 minutes to 20 minutes per day.”
“Listen to three songs of worshipful music instead of one.”
Oh my goodness, the options are endless when it comes to improving our quiet times. After all, there is always something we can do better, right? Bettering our quiet times seems to be a very common theme at the start of the new year.
Of course, the idea of quiet time growth is great. Consistency, like in reading God’s Word and praying for others, makes our quiet times feel stable. Adding in more activities, like Scripture memorization and gratitude tracking, makes our quiet times seem interesting. Lengthening activities, like prayer and worship, makes our quiet times feel worthwhile.
But in making changes to our quiet times, we need to remember a few things about the One we spend quiet time with:
- God’s love for you isn’t measured by how you choose to do your quiet time—so don’t pressure yourself to have the perfect quiet time “formula.”
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19 NKJV)
- God wants faithfulness over sacrifice—so focus most on faithfulness in your quiet time.
“For I desire loyalty rather than sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 NASB)
- God is found by the humble and the lowly—so surrender your heart and mind during your quiet time.
Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send a plague among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:12-14 NASB)
Creating New Year’s Resolutions for your quiet time with the Lord can be a great thing, and I highly encourage you to consider setting new goals this year. (And 2021 is the perfect time to start having a quiet time, if you don’t already!) But, as you establish plans and goals for your quiet time this year, keep in mind that God’s love isn’t based on your quiet time routine, God desires genuine faithfulness to Him, and God is pleased with humble confession.
Grace McCready is a senior in college who is studying business administration and communications. She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and hanging out with friends. Her passion is for young women to live transparently and thrive during their single years. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie’s Tidbits of Truth.