There is no fixed way to spend time alone with God, but it’s helpful to combine Bible reading with prayer and to do so at a regular time each day. There are many excellent devotional resources, but you don’t have to use anything at all. It’s worth experimenting to see what works best for you.
Other prayer tools may be helpful as part of a daily quiet time too.
A quiet time can take many forms, but at its simplest means stopping and pausing to pray with God. This prayer tool will practically guide you on how to start having a regular quiet time.
“If we don’t maintain a quiet time each day, it’s not really because we are too busy; it’s because we do not feel it is important enough. Late nights kill the quiet time . . . Quiet time is not just a helpful idea, it is absolutely necessary to spiritual growth.” George Sweeting
“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Corrie Ten Boom
“Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew 6:6
(1 min) Pause – sit quietly for a minute, stilling your soul.
(2 min) Rejoice – read a short Psalm or listen to a worship song.
(3 min) Ask – Tell God what’s on your heart. Pray through your day. If you have a prayer list, quietly name each person before God.
(3 min) Yield – Read a few verses from the New Testament, until a phrase pops out at you and then talk to God about it. Are there any sins you need to confess? Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh.
(1 min) Amen - Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
(2 min) Our Father in heaven
Be still. Sit quietly and ask “Where is the evidence of the Father’s love in my life right now?” Give thanks.
(3 min) Hallowed be your name
Read a Psalm or listen to a worship song.
(3 min) Your kingdom come, your will be done.
What would it look like for God’s kingdom to come in the three circles of your life today:
1. Pray for your own needs
2. Pray for your friends and family
3. Pray for the wider world (perhaps focusing on situations in the news).
(15 min) Give us this day our daily bread
Using a bible reading guide, if you find it helpful, read from a Gospel, a New Testament epistle, and then from the Old Testament.
The emphasis here is on quality not quantity. When a phrase resonates with you, treat it as if God is starting a conversation by pausing to pray about it.
(2 min) Forgive us our sins as we forgive others
Review the last 24 hours, allowing the Holy Spirit to challenge any sinful thoughts, words and deeds. Are there people to whom you need to apologise, or others you need to forgive?
(2 min) Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Pray protection for yourself and for those you love, especially in areas of vulnerability. If you are under spiritual attack, take authority, standing on relevant promises from the bible.
(3 min) For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours…
Finish by listening to another worship song or returning to the psalm with which you started.
Phones can be a distraction when we’re talking to God. But they don’t need to be. Whether you’re at home, college, work or on the move, these apps will help you focus on prayer and follow through on the things you want to pray for.
In iTunes or the Play Store, search: “Echo Prayer,” “Inner Room Prayer App,” and “Lectio 365.”