Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Quiet Time

In some of my Spring cleaning I ran across some pamphlets that I'm throwing away. They are about how and why to have a quiet time written in 1973 by Hal Schulz. I do want to keep the wisdom, but don't want to keep the pamphlet, so here are the main ideas:

What is a quiet time? "A quiet time is a time alone with God, having fellowship with Him through the Bible and prayer."

Preparation:

  • Time. Start with five minutes per day.
  • Place. A place where you will not be disturbed.
  • Materials. Bible. Notebook, pen, paper or diary.
  • Attitude. Confess all known sin (1 John 1:9). Expect God to meet you.

Procedure:

  • Realize . . . the power of the Holy Spirit's teaching.
  • Read . . . the Word accroding to a plan. Any plan that works in your available time is a good one.
  • Record . . . on paper what God is teaching you.
    • Record a favorite verse.
    • Record the primary application. Is there a. . .
      • Command to obey?
      • A sin to forsake?
      • An example to follow?
      • A promise to claim?
  • Reply . . . in prayer.
    • Use a prayer list.
    • Use the A.C.T.S. acronym. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
    • Record answers to your prayers.
  • Respond . . . to the primary application.
    • Obey what the Lord showed you. (James 1:22-25).
    • Meditate on the primary application during the day.
    • Share it with someone else.
    • Memorize the key verse.
What great advice! Anyone who does this simple plan that I uncovered will make progress in their walk with the Lord.

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