How to Have an Awesome Quiet Time with God

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Best Tips to Make Your Quiet Time Amazing

Do you want to have an awesome 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.

What 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 completely amazing.

Related: How to Not Lose Faith: 7 People Who Were One Hot Mess

Let’s Talk Schedules

Here is a realistic schedule for 2 different personalities- 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 are for people 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 your 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 your 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.

Reading your Bible 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.

Related: How to Not Lose Faith: 7 People Who Were One Hot Mess

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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 time 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 talk to God.

Related: How to Pray for Your Children

Worship

  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.

Related: 25 Amazing Quotes to Inspire You Live Your Best Life

Supplement Your Quiet Times

    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  have been listening to Ken Sande on “Resolving Everyday Conflict.”
    6. Podcasts– I love listening to podcasts. One of my favorites is Family Life Today. 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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Don’t Feel Guilty, Just Change it!

Do you feel guilty about being bored with your quiet times? 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 about 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.

Related: 9 Shocking Reasons Why God Compares Us to Sheep

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78 Comments

  1. Preet on July 3, 2018 at 5:12 am

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

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      The Bible is so powerful. Reading it will change our life.

  2. Jennifer Prince on July 2, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    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!!

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      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. Britney on July 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I actually really prefer reading my childrens’ catholic Bible over my own! Breaks it up so nicely.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      Britney, I love picture Bibles. They are great!

  4. Lisa Rios on July 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    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!

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Reading the Bible can be hard if we don’t make the time. We are so busy. I hope you keep trying.

  5. Becca Wilson on July 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      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.

  6. London Mumma on July 2, 2018 at 10:58 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      London, it is like a really good book with so many levels of meaning. We can never truly be done with it. It is God-breathed and awe-inspiring.

  7. Maureen on July 2, 2018 at 12:11 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      Maureen, I am so glad you found a way to connect with God daily. There are so many ways to do it now.

  8. Paige Marie on July 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    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!

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      Paige, there are some really great stories. You don’t need to be scared of it. It is neat to see the way God moved during that time.

  9. Diana on July 1, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      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.

  10. kallia on June 30, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I miss reading my bible and I need to restart doing this! Thank you for the motivation, I really needed it!

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      Kailla, I am glad this post spurred you on to reading it again. Start with the book of John. It may be easier to understand. Going to church will help too.

  11. Dalene Ekirapa on June 30, 2018 at 4:11 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Dalene, what a fantastic way to start. I love worshipping. It is a great way to approach the throne of God.

  12. Jennifer Prince on June 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      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.

  13. sabrina barbante on June 28, 2018 at 11:19 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Sabrina, I am glad you are finding out about Jesus. He is the Savior of our souls. Keep reading.

  14. Sigrid Says on June 28, 2018 at 10:34 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Sigrid, I love this. What a great idea. It definitely makes the Bible come alive.

  15. Elizabeth O on June 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      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.

  16. Iya - Louisa on June 28, 2018 at 4:04 am

    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!

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      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.

  17. Brandy on June 27, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Brandy, any way you do it is great. God’s word will never return void. He is in every page.

  18. Carol Cassara on June 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    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!

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Carol, I love using my Bible app. I get such comfort from hearing His word out loud.

  19. Kiley on June 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    The scriptures are so important and beneficial. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Kiley, I hope you will continue to read God’s word.

  20. Davilyn on June 27, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Davilyn, same here. I like the night time better too.

  21. Susan Evans on June 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on March 23, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Susan, we are all learning and growing. And pride is definitely a big struggle for the human race.

  22. Samantha Donnelly on June 27, 2018 at 10:24 am

    These are some very good tips, thank you for sharing x

  23. Tara Adams on June 27, 2018 at 8:56 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on June 27, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Tara, kids do throw a wrench into things! Grace, grace, grace! You will get a new time going. Thanks for your comment.

  24. David Allen Elliott on June 26, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on June 27, 2018 at 11:25 am

      David, yes, the genealogies can be cumbersome! It is good they are there so we can see Jesus’ line. I’m not sure about the rest of them. Thanks for your comment.

  25. Marya on June 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve been using a plan from YouVersion and have managed to stick it out so far through Numbers!

    • Julie Plagens on June 27, 2018 at 11:26 am

      You are awesome! Numbers is hard to get through. Not my fav., but I know there are lots of important facts in there. Thanks for your comment.

  26. Tia McKinzie on June 26, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    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!

    • Julie Plagens on June 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

      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.

  27. Sarah Belanger | Sincerely Anchored on June 25, 2018 at 10:02 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:34 am

      Sarah, you are so right. It’s important to change things around if you are not growing spiritually. Thanks for your comment.

  28. Ladonna on June 25, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Vert good tips and suggestions. Thank you so much for sharing.

  29. Leo T. Ly on June 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:36 am

      Leo, I am so glad it was helpful. Thanks for your comment.

  30. Nina on June 25, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I like reading the new testament. thank you for sharing these tips and suggestions 🙂 discipline is essential

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:36 am

      Nina, so true. Glad you enjoy the NT. Thanks for commenting.

  31. Rachel on June 25, 2018 at 5:56 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:38 am

      Rachel, I hope you will try it as an adult. You might find the text more relevant now. Thanks for commenting.

  32. Olga Zak on June 25, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Very good tips! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Heather on June 24, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I don’t read the bible but my husband does. He loves it.

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:43 am

      Heather, I hope you will try it. John is a good place to start. Thanks for your comments.

  34. Tina Gleisner on June 24, 2018 at 11:27 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:44 am

      Tina, I just started that habit. I really like it!

  35. Harish on June 24, 2018 at 12:50 am

    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.

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:45 am

      Harrish, I’m glad you are familiar with the Bible on line. YouVersion is great!

  36. Tara on June 24, 2018 at 12:01 am

    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!

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:46 am

      Tara, so true. I love this stories of faith. Great drama! Thanks for reading.

  37. Shawniece on June 23, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    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

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:47 am

      Shawniece, I forgot scripture memory. Great idea!! Thanks.

  38. Ching on June 23, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    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!!

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:48 am

      Chiing, I hope you will check it out. Excellent versions for reading. Thanks for your comment.

  39. Cristina pop on June 23, 2018 at 8:33 am

    These are very good tips.Sometimes reading the Bible can be difficult.

    • Julie Plagens on June 26, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Cristina, so true! Hopefully these tips will make it easier. Thanks for your comment.

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