This is Dr. Ed Hoskins, welcoming you to lessons in discipleship, a series designed to help new believers become established in their Christian faith.
This 8th session is on how to have a daily, quiet time, some practical ideas. First, let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a retired physician. I spent 34 years in family medicine and student health. I became a Christian 50 years ago and was helped early in my Christian faith by the navigators and international non-denominational organization, whose stated goal is to know Christ and to make him known.
I have been on associate staff with that organization since 1980 lessons in discipleship as a compilation of what I learned during that time, what I learned then I now pass on to you. Today’s session how to have a daily quiet time, quiet time. It was known in the early 20th century as a morning. Watch first coined that word by Amy Carmichael.
Also been known as time alone with God daily, devotions, personal devotions, the sacred time personal Bible study. All this comes to the same thing, spending personal daily time alone with him. Letting God speak to us in his word. And then talking to him in prayer daily time with God is essential for our spiritual growth.
My wife always reminds me most people eat two or three meals a day 14 to 21 meals a week. Even if our stomachs could hold enough, no one would ever just eat only once a week, including going to church once a week in the same way. Spiritual nourishment must be more regular preferably every day. Well, God’s word is our spiritual food.
First Peter says like newborn babes desire, the sincere milk of the word. So that by it, you may grow up in your salvation. Moses believed in the quiet time. It says, but whenever you entered, so the Lord was speak to me under the tent here, moved to veil until he came out, David believed in it, Psalm 42. He says, as the deer pants for streams of water, So my soul pants for you.
My God, my soul thirsts for God, for the living. God, when can I go and meet with God? Daniel also believed in it three times a day. It says Daniel got down on his knees and prayed giving. Thanks to God just to see it done before Jesus believed in quiet time, says after he dismissed them, he went up in the mountain by himself to pray.
And later that night he was there alone. Peter, John believed in it in that. All the 12 apostles believe in the quiet time and acts six says, and we will give our attention to prayer, to the ministry of war. So to Paul, the apostle in second Timothy as night and day, I, Paul constantly remembering in my prayers,
someone start to have a daily quiet time. It consists of personal time alone with God and his word, the Bible, and a prayer to God. Well, here are a few suggestions. First do it. First thing in the morning, choose a place in time. Free of distraction. Over the last 50 years, I have found that if I don’t make sure to do it first thing in the day, it becomes increasingly difficult to have it at all.
However, if for some reason you miss having it, having it your very first free opportunity. Second start with prayer. Ask God, prepare your heart to seek him when good verses is fun to use Psalm one 19 verses. Open my eyes. And I may see one hers things in your law. Third, take the next five or 10 minutes.
Read a short passage from the Bible or a chapter or even a single paragraph. And when finished, asked for three questions, we’ve talked about previously, what does this say? These are the facts. That’s the content. Second question. What does it mean? That’s interpretation finally. What does it mean to me?
That’s personal application. It’s helpful to get a small notebook, write down the passage of reference as well as your answers to three questions for now. Talk to God about what you read in his word, what he might be asking you to do or understand in the next slide. We’ll talk more about thoughts on prayer.
Take the next five or 10 minutes talking with God in prayer. I helpful acrostic. I started memorizing learned about many years ago. It’s called acts act. Adoration confession, Thanksgiving, supplication for spending time and adoration to God taking time to praise him for his greatness and character confession.
That’s agreeing with God about areas that I’ve failed him in sin. God will forgive us and cleanse us completely Thanksgiving for all his blessings in my life and circumstances, especially the difficult ones. First Thessalonians. Paul writes give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
So application yes. Asking God for my own needs and for the needs of others, be specific in the quiet time by asking God to guide me throughout the day to come well. Let’s summarize what we’ve learned in this brief presentation. First many Christian stairwell I’ve noticed over the years of the last 50 years.
Very few Christians, you know, continue later many fall away in months or years of those who continue my wife and I have noticed a few common characteristics that are present first. They, these are people who have their quiet time every day, not just three or four days a week, they have it every day. It’s our spiritual nourishment.
We stop having quiet times. We cut ourselves off from the line of Christ. John 15, Jesus said I am the true vine and my father is the guard. Second common denominator for the, those who continue down the road, they stay in short, oh shit. With other committed believers, we need each other second, have a plan for the daily quiet time.
Do it. First thing each day, if possible, use a notebook, write down what you learned. Sometimes it helps to have your quiet time with them. Better believer. Third, the daily quiet time consists of letting God speak to you in his word. And then we speak back to him in prayer. When you read his word, train yourself to ask three questions.
What does it say? What does it mean? What does it mean to me? That’s a personal application. Remember God’s word was never meant only to give us information. God’s word was meant to change our lives fifth and final. When getting to know God in prayer, remember the acrostic acts a CTS had aeration confession, Thanksgiving and supplication.
Well, we will see you next time for another session of lessons in discipleship, and we cover Lordship and personal purity that wraps up this session for today. Thank you for being a part of it. We’ll look forward to seeing you next time and until then, keep following Jesus. He’s worth it.