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What Is A Quiet Time?

God’s greatest delight is that you know Him. And knowing Him is what brings ultimate enjoyment and fulfillment in life (Ecc 2:25). Is knowing God your great desire? To know Him requires a time of solitude and rest to draw near to God in prayer and study of His Word, the Bible. Even Jesus had a quiet time. Luke tells us that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16). My dear friend, my prayer is that you dedicate yourself to God in quiet time each and every day of your life!
Catherine Martin

What Is A Powerful Quiet Time?

On this, the day of remembrance of my birth, while I was diligently working on this new website for Quiet Time Ministries, I began staring (translation:::daydreaming) into my computer screens, trying to remember where I had misplaced an errant piece of javascript code. Transported I know not how, and to a place I know not where, I found myself impulsively reflecting about days long since past and very nearly forgotten. One small instant after another popped into my head until I became dizzy and lightheaded. And then it occurred to me what an apparently insignificant speck of dust I am in God’s infinite universe. Here for a fleeting nanosecond, then poof – gone from time into eternity. This led me in leaps and bounds to contemplate eternity. And, suddenly, the verse by Paul came to mind.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 2 Peter 3:8 NASB

One day is like a thousand years! This means that one eternasecond [italics mine] is infinitely greater than all the days that human beings have ever lived or will ever live put together. This led me to a “How Great Thou Art…” chorus, and via concordance to Psalm 90:4.

For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4 NASB

This led me to a word study of both day and year, and eventually to some commentaries about the historicist view of the book of Revelation, and to several other places in a most circuitous version of The P.R.A.Y.E.R.™ Quiet Time Plan™ that I shall not relate here. Well, I can tell you this was one of the best quiet times I had experienced in a month of Sunday schools.

But why? What made this quiet time – great – or significant to me? What makes any quiet time with the Lord – powerful? Catherine has eloquently introduced Six Secrets that empower a quiet time. But what about you? What was your best quiet time, and why? What makes your quiet times purr, tick, and hum? What makes any quiet time great? What transcends a quiet time to powerful?

Comments much appreciated.

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Responses (4)

  1. Janet
    September 16, 2014 at 10:06 am · Reply

    Please I am interested in your quiet time books I want to have them to build my intimacy with God

  2. Catherine Martin
    September 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm · Reply

    Hi Janet,
    Thank you so much for you desire to grow in intimacy with the Lord. I share your passion to know and love Him with all your heart. I encourage you to begin by reading what I’ve written about Getting Started In Quiet Time. Then, I have many quiet time studies that will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord. You may want to read what I’ve written about Why You’ll Love Quiet Time Studies.

    A couple of books that are favorites and will encourage you to draw near to God, read His Word, and talk with Him in prayer are Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time and Knowing & Loving The Bible.

    Thank you again for your desire to grow deeper in your devotion to the Lord. God bless you.
    In His Love and Service,
    Catherine

  3. Dianne
    September 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm · Reply

    Catherine
    I did one of your studies (Six Secrets) for the ladies Bible Study at our old church. We have since changed churches and I am now immersed in our new church and plan on doing the same study here. I just wanted to tell you that this study is very well received by the ladies. I need to tell you Catherine that through this study I have become passionate for my quiet time. It is a non-negotiable in my morning. I have become so much closer to the Lord and it makes my heart sing.
    Thank You from my heart to yours,
    Dianne

    • Catherine Martin
      September 16, 2016 at 8:15 am · Reply

      Dianne, what a blessing and encouragement to read your words about how passionate you are to spend time alone with God…and that the Lord used Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time in your life! I love what you said about quiet time – “it is a non-negotiable in my morning.” I LOVE THAT!! Thank you and God bless you.
      In His Love, Catherine

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