Here’s what I do to seek the Lord more deeply. Maybe it will inspire you, too! If you have found other ways that work for you, I hope you’ll share them in the comments.
General Prayer Time Approach
Every morning while everyone else is still in bed, I try to spend time alone with the Lord. I have found I tend to need at least 30 minutes but do better with an hour. I often have coffee, if my tummy is up to it, and breakfast during this time. It is the most sacred time of day to me.
Just God and me welcoming the day. I can watch the sunrise through the dining room window. It’s just the best!
When I am going through a lot of trials, testing, refining, or facing new fears, I tend to need more time with God.I have always been big on writing and journaling.
I love to write my prayers by hand in a looseleaf journal, spiral notebook, or just a big stack of computer printer paper. I go through a LOT of pages quickly so this tends to be the most economical route for me.
My Process for Reading the Bible Daily
Sometimes, I go straight through the entire Bible or the Old or New Testament. Sometimes I choose a book at a time and alternate between the Old and New Testaments.
Other times, if I am facing a particular issue, I go to a specific book that I know will be helpful. For example, if I am facing a lot of enemies or fears, I love to go to Psalms.
I also like to research topics sometimes and just look up every verse about a particular subject in a concordance or online at www.openbible.info.
My Prayer Time
1. I start with the date and often a verse about praising God for today.
2. Then I often write out attributes of God and parts of His character (in 4-5 columns to save space).
3. I like to write down lots of things I am thankful for, also in columns.
4. I invite God to show me any sin in my life and I confess it and turn from it, asking God to work in me to purify me and make me more like Jesus. If I notice sin during the day, sometimes I sneak away and journal my confession ASAP instead of waiting.
5. I write down my requests for myself, my faith, my spiritual growth, and any questions I have for God.
6. I write down all of my concerns, struggles, and prayer requests for the world, America, the church, my family, people I know, people who need Jesus, etc…
I try to read at least a chapter per day, although I like to do a lot more than that, if possible. As I read, I write down verses, passages, and sometimes even entire chapters that really stand out to me. I also highlight. And star. And underline in the Bible. A LOT.
Sometimes I write really special verses and put them where I can see them all day.
I seek to be open and receptive, inviting God to open my eyes to the incredible treasures in His Word.
Sometimes I go over the chapter or two chapters I read and wrote down the day before and rewrite things, especially in Psalms.
I seek to receive and obey anything God asks me to do in the passage.
And I try to read each passage as if it is written specifically for me, whenever applicable, absorbing the deep truths of Scripture for myself, personally. Remembering that this is God’s Word for me and His direction and wisdom for me.
I look at all of the promises of Scripture that could apply to believers in Christ as being God speaking directly to me.
If something seems confusing or convicting, I stay and hover on that spot and pray over it or research it more.
I write out prayers in the middle of writing down verses as truths jump out at me. I seek to yield myself completely to the Lord’s Word, His truth, His Spirit, and His leading.
Listening to God
When I have time or when I am in an intense time of seeking the Lord, I invite God to speak to me directly and share anything on His heart with me. I write down anything I feel He may be gently whispering and prayerfully evaluate it vs. Scripture.
How About You?
What does your quiet time with the Lord look like? Any wisdom or methods you’d like to share with us?
I have a pretty solid biblical background from the classes I took from childhood and in adulthood. If you need some help with theology or basic doctrine, check out Wayne Grudem’s podcasts of Systematic Theology, David Platt’s Secret Church series, or www.gotquestions.org.
When I first began my journey, I often listened to David Platt and Wayne Grudem while I drove or did chores. Got Questions is a great resource for all kinds of general and specific questions you may have about the Bible and Christianity. I find they tend to have pretty solid biblical responses, in most cases.
Of course, any time you listen to a person, realize they may make mistakes. Please always compare and test everything any person says to the Bible.