What would Jesus do? That popular question from the 90’s and early 2000 was the deciding factor in a lot of decisions of my youth. “Would Jesus ——?” Fill in the blank – and if the answer was yes, then everything was good to go. No? Then, move away – as quick as you can! We wore that phrase on bracelets, had bumper stickers- it was all over the place!
So when it comes to spiritual disciplines- we can also look to follow the example of Jesus. Let’s look at our quiet time through the lens of “What would Jesus do?”.
As we go to scripture, we quickly come up with our answer. Did Jesus have quiet time? The answer is YES!
Jesus’ Quiet Time
There is no doubt about it, by looking at the scriptures, that Jesus took His relationship with the Father seriously. We find several places where Jesus gets alone with God to hear from Him – and to speak to him in Prayer.
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” (Matthew 26:36 ESV)
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” (Mark 1:35-38 ESV)
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. (Luke 5:16 ESV)
Jesus knew that He needed to have time with the Father. He knew that was where the strength to get through His day was. Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. The 100% God in Him needed that Heavenly communication. The 100% man in Him needed the strength from above.
Our Quiet Time
We are no different than Jesus. We have a very real God living inside of us – and that part of us desires heavenly fellowship with our Father. We are also still very fleshly. We need strength, wisdom, and guidance to get through each and every day.
This is where we often miss the mark in our Christian life. We try to live it out on our own – in our own power. We can’t do our day without Him. I know the days that I try- I fail miserably.
Charles Spurgeon was known to say
It is a good rule never to look into the face of a man in the morning till you have looked into the face of God.
How often do I get up, and begin talking to my kids and my husband before I have talked to God? This doesn’t mean your long, drawn-out quiet time, but just a few simple minutes to get your day started with Him? I know that on the days that I don’t stop, take a minute to read a Psalm or a verse or two, and pray – that my interactions with the rest of my house are hard – if not sinful – the rest of the day. I need Jesus every moment and every hour of every day – and when I do it on my own will – it ends up in a mess. Andrew Bonar, another great man of God, also had three similar rules that he lived by.
Rule 1- Not to speak to any person before speaking to Jesus Christ. Rule 2- Not to do anything with his hands until he had been on his knees. Rule 3- Not to read the papers until he had read his Bible.
Rule 3 struck a cord with me. How often do I get on Facebook or watch the News before I get in the Book? Guilty as charged.
If Jesus felt like time with God was important – a task worth getting up early and stepping away from the busyness of the day – should we value it any less? Jesus was busy -with the Father’s business – and yet He made time. What things in my life are taking away from my quiet time with God?
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There are a lot of shallow relationships in life- your relationship with God doesn’t have to be one of them.
Worshiping With My Life,