What If My Quiet Times Are Anything But Quiet?

by Cynthia Jennings on September 23, 2020
I’m sitting in my oversized chair, Bible in one hand and journal in the other. The words, quiet time keep bombarding my head. What does “quiet time” really mean? I’m gazing out the window meditating on who God is as I watch the leaves blow on the trees. But my supposedly quiet time is interrupted with other thoughts.

My mind went back to a pamphlet I read years ago that spoke of “quiet time.” In this pamphlet were statements from women as follows: “She wakes up an hour before her kids. She spends time in the Bible, praying and journaling every day. She makes it a priority.” 

I kinda chuckled to myself and thought. The women in the pamphlet are correct about spending time with God---because that is vitally important. But, how realistically are they consistent in their routine of “quiet time?’

I no longer have the responsibility of raising children, so finding quiet time should be a breeze. Being able to spend hours in Bible reading/studying should be no problem. So why are there times when I find myself struggling during “quiet time?”

The thought often comes to mind if I’m doing “quiet time” right? Am I spending enough time in “quiet time?” Is getting up at the crack of dawn a prerequisite for “quiet time?” How can I quiet my mind during “quiet time?” Yes, I have all of these thoughts running through my mind during “quiet time!”

You see my struggle with “quiet time” does not consist of interference due to other people. My struggle with “quiet time” starts in my mind. My prayers have occurred at all times of the day, in a variety of places that usually are nothing but quiet. Under the cover of a shower I have let me tears fall at the feet of Jesus. In traffic while running errands I have desperately sought God’s direction. Other days sitting at my desk gazing at the computer asking for guidance as to what blog I should write, to the stares out of my window seeking a calm spirit.

My mind is not always neat and tidy. Sometimes there are seasons in life where I reflect and wonder if my efforts during “quiet time” are enough.

In one of Jesus most famed sermons, He spoke on prayer, saying. “ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Most of us are probably very familiar with this passage of scripture. But have you ever taken the time to notice the words that ARE NOT present? Hmmmmm…. intriguing? The words not present are: The “right words to say” when asking are not suggested.  A “perfect hour” to seek The Lord is not in the directions and prerequisites of “neat and tidy” when knocking is never mentioned.
The words not mentioned in this passage are not included because Jesus doesn’t demand perfection in our pursuit of God during “quiet time”. He encourages our persistence in the pursuit.

The “the right words”, “a perfect hour” and the “neat and tidy” are all conditions of being perfect when we come before Jesus in our pursuit of having “quiet time” with God. Jesus doesn’t want us to come to him steeped in perfection while in pursuit of Him, He wants us to come vulnerable and transparent.

The greatest thing about the words that are not present in this passage is it demonstrates a big grace-filled God who is more concerned with our relationship with him and not the words we say while trying to develop a relationship with Him.

Our Lord sees our not so neat and tidy minds, our daily shortcomings and the unanswered questions during our personal Bible study. He sees our unconventional “quiet time” locations and He knows those occasions when we have fallen asleep in the midst of prayer. Yet, He still loves us!
PEARLStoPONDER:  Any whispers of doubt attempting to discourage or condemn you in your pursuit of “quiet time” are from the enemy.
Jeremiah 29:13--And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Matthew 7:7-8--Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Romans 8:1--There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
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