Quiet Time with God: My In-Depth Routine + Ideas, Tips, and Scriptures
Quiet time with God is such an important part of a Christian lifestyle. Being a Christian is about having a deep, intimate relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
When we have a relationship with someone, what do we do? Usually we spend time with them, talk to them, get to know them, and trust them. This is how we should look at the function of our quiet time with God!
What does your time with Jesus look like? Everyone’s may look a little different, but the basic principles are prayer and Bible study. Below I’ve detailed my quiet time routine to show you how I go about these things.
If you’ve been going through a dry spell, I hope you’ll get some inspiration to get back to God. Or maybe you’re looking to make your quiet time longer and more in-depth. Either way, I hope I can provide some ideas you’ll like that will help grow your faith and strengthen your relationship with our Lord!
I always begin my quiet time by entering into God’s presence. This is done through praise! I always begin by praying out to God sweet praises of adoration and thanksgiving!
Need a little help with this? Simply answer the question: What is God to me?
Do you look at God as your rescuer? Your friend? Your comforter? Your faithful provider? We’ve all had unique and personal experiences with the Lord and therefore associate Him with different things. Praise Him for what comes to your mind first. Then fill in with other things from the Bible.
Do you know all of the amazing things that the Bible says about our God? He is called many names throughout the Scriptures that reveal to us His nature. It always elevates my time with Jesus when I purposely use His Biblical names. It can truly help you to feel the Holy Spirit within and around you.
Below, I’ve put together a list of some of God’s names that are found in the Bible (in Hebrew and their English meanings). Feel free to save it and use it when you pray and praise the Lord!
Another great way that I love praising God is by reading aloud from the book of Psalm. Psalm is full of songs and prayers praising the Lord and declaring who He is.
My two favorites are chapters 107 and 118. Try reading these passages during your next quiet time, saying them aloud and meaning them in your heart, and watch as the presence of the Holy Spirit fills you up!
Declarations of Anointing
This may seem a little foreign to some, so I’ll go ahead and explain what it means. When we were born again in Christ, we took on a whole new identity. Except a lot of times we don’t really embrace that new identity.
I use declarations of anointing to remind myself of who I am in Christ, what He’s enabled me to do, and ultimately give glory to Him by recognizing the new creation He’s made in me.
“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
How I do this is by reading aloud from a list of anointings that I’ve gathered from Scripture. This is done during my praise time by just thanking God for each anointing and what He’s enabled me to be and do for the glory of His kingdom. An example list of anointings with their Biblical references could look like this:
Thank you God that in the name of Jesus I am anointed…
-to do great things for the kingdom of God (John 14:12)
-to spread His gospel (Matthew 28:19)
-to speak bravely to anyone (2 Timothy 1:7)
-to walk in love (1 John 4:7-8)
-to carry out my calling and purpose (Romans 8:28)
…all for Your glory!
I use all of these anointings plus more! I particularly love the one that says “to speak bravely to anyone.” It’s very personal to me because I struggle with social anxiety. Speaking to others is sometimes very difficult for me, so I love reminding myself that my God did not give me a spirit of fear but equips me with His courage!
I encourage you to find Biblical references that lift you up in your personal weaknesses and help dismiss the lies that the enemy tells you about yourself. Maybe it’s depression, body image, feeling untalented, etc. Cover yourself in God’s truth each and everyday!
By reminding ourselves daily of our identity in Christ, we partake in the renewing of our mind as mentioned in Romans 12:2 and are able to embrace our true God-given characteristics! Our spoken word has so much power over what we believe, which is why I think including declarations of anointing is so so important to take part in every single day!
For more encouragement on that topic, check out my blog post on The Power of Your Words!
After praising and anointing, I move on to my prayer list. This is a list of my personal requests, my friend’s and family’s requests, and any matter of the world or others that I see needs prayer. Using a prayer list is very handy because it helps us to remember all of the things that others have asked us to pray for, as well as keep our thoughts organized while we pray!
I just love reading through my prayer list, stopping to go into detail about certain situations along the way! It assures me that no one or no thing is missed! Every prayer request is important, and nothing is too big or too small to bring to God.
When needed, I also make sure to include spiritual warfare when going through this prayer list. If you aren’t familiar with spiritual warfare or how to practice it, keep reading to find out a resource that I highly recommend when it comes to this important subject!
Next, I love digging into the Bible and studying God’s Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be throughly equipped for every good work.”
It’s clear here that the Lord puts extreme importance on the Bible and why we should study it. As Christians, we must be prepared for everything we may encounter in this life, and God’s Word is our tool to do just that!
If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to studying the Word, I recommend Proverbs. It’s all about gaining wisdom and learning how to live a righteous life. Perfect for new and old Christians alike!
If you still need some more help, check out my other blog post called How I Changed My Bible Study from Lackluster to Life Giving. In the past, I didn’t really enjoy reading the Bible until I figured out how to make it fun! You may benefit from these great tips!
I love adding in a little extra reading to my quiet time if I have a few minutes to spare. I also like to read before bed. My choice nowadays is usually a non-fiction, Christian-based book.
I used to be an avid fiction reader. However, as I’ve grown in my faith I’ve found that I prefer learning more about real-life subjects. (I’m not knocking fiction books. I still love reading them!) But it’s very interesting to see the views of other Christians on Biblical topics, read their stories, and learn from others.
It’s a great way to grow your faith, and God can really use these types of books to teach us new things! Here’s a list of recommended Christian-based books that have encouraged me, directed me, and informed me.
Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion and Purpose by Sadie Robertson
An impactful book for those who struggle with anxiety and fear
Taking Flight: Wisdom for Your Journey by Elisabeth Elliot
A wonderful collection of Godly advice perfect for the young adult years
Open My Eyes, Lord by Gary Oates
An eye-opening story for those who want to know more about the spiritual realm, particularly angels
The Paradigm by Jonathan Cahn
A fascinating read for those who are interested in prophetic messages
Spiritual Weapons Handbook by Gail Winter
A powerful teaching for those seeking how to correctly implement spiritual warfare
I hope learning about the details of my quiet time routine have helped you discover something new to enhance your daily time with the Lord! The most important thing to remember is that your quiet time with God should be personal and genuine. Stick to that, and you’ll be doing just fine!
Yours In Christ,
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2