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Quiet Time With God: 19 Awesome Ideas to Bring You Into His Presence

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Do you want to have an incredible quiet time with God? Perhaps you don’t have time to forge through a text written 2,000 years ago or you are just plain bored with the scriptures.

Before you call my church and turn me in for blasphemy, let me tell you how I have dealt with this problem.

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quiet time with GodWhat if you change things up and make your quiet time more interesting?

In this post, I am going to tell you how you can make reading your Bible and prayer time more meaningful. In fact, you can do some new things to make your quiet time with God completely incredible.

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How Do You Give Yourself Quiet Time With God?

How do you give yourself a quiet time? Is it working? Here is a realistic schedule for two different personalities that want to have a quiet time with God: the structured and the not-so-structured.

The, uh, not-so-structured, I will refer to as “creatives” like me who would rather eat dessert for dinner. And the structured people are those who are, well…structured. Either way, the point is to be reading your Bible and have a plan to do it every day.

1. The “creative’s” goal for reading the Bible:

Work towards doing your quiet time earlier in the day rather than later. I am not a morning person, so I have a plan to do it after 9 am.

If you are a stay home mom, read your Bible during your child’s nap time. This is when I did it. It’s not too early and not too late. It’s just right. I sound like Goldilocks.

If you have a job, try doing it on a break or at lunch. If you can’t during lunch, you could pray during one break and read during another break. Do it at night, if all else fails.

The point is to give yourself grace. I used to beat myself up because I couldn’t do it at 5 am. Then I realized God would probably rather talk to me when I am coherent, so later is good for both of us. Ha!

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2. “Structured” people’s goal for reading the Bible:

Set a specific time every day to have a quiet time. Stick to it.

If you are a planner, thrive with a schedule, and write everything down, then just add this to your Outlook, black book, or whatever you structured people do to stay on track.

A quiet time with God isn’t as difficult for disciplined people. My husband is structured and does it every morning, early. He’s Superman.

Reading Your Bible

  1. Get a new Bible. If you don’t understand your Bible then get one you do understand. There are so many versions out there that are much more readable than the King James Version. I read The Book, aka… the Bible for dummies. (Just kidding)
  2.  Use the Bible app YouVersion on your smartphone. YouVersion has about every version possible. Listen or read the New Living Translation, The Message, Amplified Bible, etc. Reading your Bible is so much easier with a version you can understand.

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  1. Find a book on prayer. I use the Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie O’Martin and Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word. Both of these books have prayers written for all sorts of situations. There are so many prayer/devotionals in the marketplace. Go to a bookstore or buy it online. (I am not an affiliate, although I should be.)
  2. Write your prayers and answers down in a journal. I have a journal on my laptop. It is easy to access. You can also buy a journal at the store and do it the old-fashioned way.
  3. Prayer walking. I have had a prayer partner at different times in my life. We would pray out loud together while we walked around the neighborhood. If you are a mom, you can walk around the neighborhood with a stroller and pray with friends or alone. I know, people may think you are weird, but try it. It’s really cool.
  4. Use the A.C.T.S. technique.  Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (requests). Spend your quiet time with God doing each one of these for a couple of minutes when you pray.
  5. Pray scripture. Find scripture you love and add your name and your family’s names into the verses. It is a very powerful way to pray as your words are aligned with God’s words.
  6. Pray/worship in the car. Redeem your time by praying in the car. If you drive alone every day, you have plenty of time to have a quiet time with God.

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  1. Worship music. My favorite group is Hillsong. They have tons of worship songs. There are plenty of other groups who play worship music. Check out iTunes or YouTube. You can walk around the neighborhood listening to it on your iPhone.
  2. Sing, praise, and thanksgiving. Spend time with God by singing, praising, and giving thanks. This is a wonderful way to worship. God doesn’t care if you can carry a tune. I love singing in the car so no one hears…but God.

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Supplement Your Quiet Time With God

    1. Spiritual books. Books about God or spiritual growth are great ways to supplement your quiet times. God uses other people to speak into our lives. They can give wisdom and knowledge in places we need to grow.
    2. Blogs. There are many blogs that have a spiritual emphasis. You can go to my Pinterest page and look under the faith and inspiration board. You will find many faith-based topics to help in your walk.
    3. Join a Bible study. Join a Bible study that has homework. It will keep you accountable. I have attended Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Bible Study Fellowship. Each one offers a time of lecture, group time, and individual study.
    4. Online Bible study. First15, Our Daily Bread, and First5 are great devotionals online. I highly recommend them. There are many others but these are ones I have heard of recently.
    5. YouTube. Recently, I have found some really great teaching. I love Priscilla Shirer, Joyce Meyers, Chrystal Evans, and Beth Moore.
    6. Podcasts– I love listening to podcasts. One of my favorites is Family Life Today (check out my interview). I get so much out of their teaching. They are authentic Christians who are not scared to be honest about everyday problems that occur with believers. The hosts tackle subjects like porn, divorce, abuse, estrangement, infidelity, etc.

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What Do You Do In a Quiet Time?

What do you do in your quiet time?

Do you feel guilty you are bored when you have your quiet time with God? I ran across this scripture not too long ago. In fact, I have never seen it before in all the years I have been a Christian.

You see, even the writers of the Bible knew we would become bored with our faith. Listen to this zinger…

Hebrews 6:12. The Book

Then, knowing what lies ahead for you, you won’t become bored with being a Christian, not become spiritually dull and indifferent, but you will be anxious to follow the example of those who receive alI that God has promised them because of their strong faith and patience.

I jumped out of my seat when I read this!

God knows we need to change things up. We are not going to hell for admitting we are bored with our quiet times. We just need to do things differently so we get back to our first love. 

Hopefully, one or more of these suggestions will help you to get on track with your spiritual life again. You don’t have to live in the desert any longer. Drink the Living Water so you will spill over on to others.

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What do you do in your quiet time with God?

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79 thoughts on “Quiet Time With God: 19 Awesome Ideas to Bring You Into His Presence”

  1. These are great suggestions. I and my family loves reading especially bible. It really helps a lot, especially for our soul.

  2. Jennifer Prince

    Some passages do seem dull, but others are so interesting. And I seem to learn something new each time I read. It’s so great!!

    1. Jennifer, it can get boring. There are some parts that are recorded for history. I am glad we have them so we have a good point of reference. Most parts can be used for instruction and teaching.

  3. Great advice. For me, it can be difficult to dedicate time specifically to studying, because I am very active and always need to have something to do. I’m going to have to try your “creative people” tips and see how it works. Thx!

  4. I have got to admit that I have never read the Bible and could quote not a single thing from it. I totally believe in God and everything that comes with it, but I just can not get myself to read the Book.

    1. Becca, I hope you will start. God is in those pages. He will reveal Himself to you in ways you never thought possible. It is His love letter to mankind. It gives us direction, comfort, and revelation.

  5. Whilst the bible may be hard to read and follow, it is meant to be that way to keep you guessing. After the first read I certainly recommend others to re-read and continue to do so.

  6. Great tips! After many procrastinating failed trials reading directly from the bible, I downloaded audible and purchased a one-year chronological bible reading. I always look forward to Bible reading, as I find it more engaging now.

  7. I really enjoyed reading the tips you gave! Im going to have to try them to help me get through the old testament! I was able to get through the new testament pretty easy but the old is a whole different story for me! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I tried reading the bible once, a few years ago, I didn’t get very far. It probably didn’t help that I started with the old testament as I like to read things in order, but apparently, the new testament is more exciting.

    1. Diana, start with the book of John in the New Testament. It is easy to read and it is about Jesus. Everything always points back to Jesus, God’s son. Hope you will try again.

  9. It’s sad to see that people find it easier to watch a day’s-long series but can’t spare 30 minutes to read the Bible since apparently, it’s boring.. But to make it easier for myself, I start with singing and listening to worship songs and listening to preachers speak the word.

  10. Jennifer Prince

    Such great advice! I need to pick up and start reading my Bible again. It’s been years I’m ashamed to say. It’s so encouraging to read it.

    1. Jennifer, no shame. Just start today. It is just like a present you didn’t open today. There are lots of presents just waiting for God to give you if you will take the time to unwrap it.

  11. Actually I’ve found reading bible and gospels very interesting. Maybe it’s because I didn’t read it as an imposition but as a key to understand my christian culture (I’m italian and even if i’m not catholic, I’ve been growing up in a strongly Christian culture). Also reading the apocryphal gospels is so interesting and it tell so much about Jesus. After reading the apocryphal gospels you love him, as human being, even more.

  12. Honestly, it depends upon the book or the chapter. But one thing that I tried is imagining myself to be part of the scene. It makes me better understand what is happening back then so that I won’t get bored.

  13. This is a really helpful article, I imagine a lot of people find it difficult to read the Bible and I like the suggestion of finding one you can easily read as there are lots of versions out there.

    1. Elizabeth, I think it is hard to sit down and read it at times because the world crowds in on us with so many other demands. But God quietly draws us to His presence in a way that stops all the noise around us. He makes us to lie down by still waters and restores our soul.

  14. I am not religious however I went to a catholic school and everyone hates bible readings but they did a yearly Mass for the whole school where they modernised old hymns and everyone loved it!

    1. Iya, I wish you could start again as an adult. The Bible has so many great things to offer such as comfort, wisdom, direction, and lessons about life. It is relevant even for today.

  15. This is really great advice, I love that you shared it. I have tried to read the bible from front to back, but I heard that’s not the best way to enjoy it and take in all that it offers.

  16. There’s really no excuse especially with the amount of options that we have these days. I think reading the bible via an app is a great way to get in some reading even while you’re on-the-go!

  17. Great advice!! As long as we read the Bible and worship God, whatever time of the day or night we choose is good. It’s hard for me first thing in the morning bc it takes me awhile to get going & focused. My time is after everyone is in bed and then I can Sleep on it.

  18. God often is teaching me about a particular topic, so I look up Scriptures on that topic and listen to sermons on it until God transforms me in that area. Humility is something God is teaching me right now.

  19. Great suggestions. I’ve done all if not most of them. I’m very structured but that has changed a bit since I had my son this year. He always wakes up at the time that used to be my prayer/reading time (4 AM). It’s so hard adjusting to a new & different time.

  20. Schedules are important although they can be limiting when it comes to reading. I think trying to find ways to practice what you are learning helps. And yes the genealogies . . . I still don’t have a way of making those exciting . . . except maybe the ones in Matthew and Luke.

  21. such wonderful tips! I love my alone time with god! its rough to get that alone time with three kids but I manage it! Always looking for new ways to improve my walk with God!

    1. Tia, it is so good to hear how many people really do have a quiet time. I think it is the best part of my day. It is just making myself sit down to do it. That is the hard part. Thanks for your comment.

  22. Yes! I love your authenticity in this post as well as the many tips for us to grow in God. What’s important is that we do it. The how doesn’t matter as much as the action. Too often we give up when our way doesn’t work, but maybe that just means we need to try a different way.

  23. I find that reading with a goal and the aim to learn something new is important. It keeps you motivated and pushes you to accomplish what you set out to do. I am going to try and incorporate the other tips into my reading next time.

  24. I’m not really religious and so don’t read the bible but have in the past when younger, I used to find it hard to follow sometimes. I think you highlight a good point about discipline.

  25. I’m not deeply religious so I might use some of your tips for writing in a diary as that’s now on my to do list.

  26. It’s a great way to read Bible everyday. I think that app can be helpful as nowadays no one want to go offline. Thanks for sharing other great tips too.

  27. I have had times when this happens, but I love reading the old testament stories, I can get lost for hours reading and admiring their faith. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Very good tips!! I find what works for me is prayer in the shower, devotional like First 5 in the mornings. I also do bible journaling that helps with memorizing scriptures

  29. Oh my gosh…yes! I’m a devout Catholic and when I say that I mean I’ve been going to Church since I remember but I don’t read the Bible. And it is for this reason. The best tip for me here is the Bible app!Brilliant. I spend so much time on my phone, this is perfect!!

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