Preparing Ourselves for the Rest of Our Lives
Delivered By
From Pastor David
Delivered On
February 17, 2020
Preparing Ourselves for the Rest of Our Lives

Oh, how love I Thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97

     Christianity is not a legal relationship; it is a love relationship. Ten thousand “don'ts” will never
make us one iota more like the Lord Jesus Christ. It is our desire that moves us to be like Him. Desire 
is the key because this helps us want to spend time with the One who loves us. As we approach the
month called “love” and the Lenten Season let me suggest five factors that can help us share some quiet
time and grow with Him each day.

The Proper Period - We must find the right time. It would be great if we could spend at least half
an hour in quiet time. But some time is better than no time, so if we can't start at thirty minutes, begin with ten. It should be
our very best time. Don't give the Lord our leftovers. And don't just try to find time - make time and make it a priority.
Also find time early in the day. Psalm 5:3 says, “… in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.” We
don't take the trip and then read the map, do we? Spend time alone with God to begin our day.

The Proper Preparation - A quiet time is fellowship with a holy God. There are a few things we can do to be prepared
for this time. First, be physically alert. Find a time when the cobwebs are out of our mind and we can think clearly. Second,
be mentally aware. Be focused and know He's there. Emotion doesn't really have all that much to do with it. And third, be
morally pure and clean. Some people don't have a quiet time because they feel uncomfortable looking God in the face with
sin in their lives. Remember He loved us before we even knew Him.

The Proper Place - Find a place where we can focus. Jesus said enter our closet and pray (see Matthew 6:6). That simply
means find a place of isolation where we can shut the door on the world and open the windows to heaven. Jesus sought out places where He could be alone, and so should we.

The Proper Provisions - In order to have an effective quiet time, we need the right tools. Here are some tools I use: a
readable Bible - invest in one with plenty of room to jot notes in the margins; a prayer journal - expect God to give us
something and write it down. Also use it to record things we're praying about; a notepad - write down our daily assignments.

The Proper Procedure - Finally, may I recommend some procedures to follow in our quiet time?
Get still and quiet. The Bible says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Let’s focus our mind on Him. Calm
down, relax, and recognize His presence. Take a deep breath and focus our thoughts on the Lord.

Get into the Word of God. It's better to start by reading the Bible than it is to start in prayer. It is more important for us to
hear from God, than for God to hear from us. God already knows all about us, but we need to know a lot more about
Him. Read the Bible for quality and not quantity. It's good to have a goal to read the Bible through in a year, or
something similar; but that's not the purpose of our quiet time. Also, devotional books are wonderful. But again, this is
not the place for them. This is the time when we simply read the Bible with an open mind getting to know our Loving

Meditate. As we focus on the Word of God and meditate, let it permeate us. Ask: Is there a command to obey? Is there a
promise to claim? Is there a sin to avoid? Is there a lesson to learn? Is there a new truth to carry with me? It’s not being
legalistic, it opens us to God’s presence with and in us.

Record what God has given us. Write down what God says to us and what He tells us to do. It doesn't have to be flowery.
We're not writing it for publication or to impress other people, we’re writing to help ourselves grow with Him.
Now we're ready to pray. When we pray, let’s pour out our soul. Be natural and honest with God. Tell Him how we feel.
Pray out loud. It keeps our mind on track and enables us to stay focused.

Begin to share out of our quiet time. God did not make us to be reservoirs; He made us to be conduits. Tell others what
God is showing us and let His light shine brightly in our lives.

Finally, obey what God tells us. Our spiritual train is running on two rails. One is revelation and the other is obedience.
And if either rail stops, our train stops. Let’s learn to obey the Word of God.

I pray these simple suggestions will help us have a daily quiet time in the presence of our loving, almighty, powerful God.
As we begin anew day, let’s be more intent on growing our relationship with God…He’s waiting for us. Grace and peace in
a new life with Christ...Pastor David