After my conversion I heard many speak about their “quiet time.” They were referring to their practice of withdrawing to a peaceful setting where they could read the Bible and pray. But the phrase “quiet time” always struck me as an odd way to describe devotions.
Yes, God speaks in a still, small voice—but He does SPEAK! Your quiet time should never be a “silent time.” If you are doing all the talking, then your quiet time is “too quiet.”
Prayer is not a monologue, but a dialogue. As the Holy Spirit speaks to us through His Word, we in turn speak back to Him. He inspires thoughts, desires, and vision. As we interact with Him, He gives us more quickening, more promptings, more holy aspirations, and more supplications. In prayer we verbalize the content in our hearts and clarify our assignment.
Our hearts are drawn out in praise. We express our appreciation and adoration and He reveals Himself to us in ways only the “spirit-man” within us can discern.
Having a quiet time is far different than “checking off a box.” The purpose of devotions is not to get through with it, but to “get through” to God. I believe it was Andrew Murray who said the goal in Morning Prayer is to secure the presence of Christ for the whole of the day.
Our speaking to God is a not timid affair. We are encouraged to come BOLDLY. Many praying people in the Bible came desperately, fervently, and loudly. They “wept” and “cried out” to the LORD. Meditation and contemplation are wonderful, but prayer is more than mulling things over in our minds. Prayer is verbal communication from man to God. (This tame, little ole-lady variety of prayer is one reason few men attend prayer meetings. Who wants to listen to the same-old requests being rehearsed week after week without supernatural interventions?)
A hot heart in prayer will make your praying more than a quiet time. It will become an exciting time of face-to-face interaction between you and Almighty God. O to hear God speak LOUD and CLEAR while we speak with Him!
Prayer: “Holy Spirit, teach me to pray!”