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What are the benefits of quiet time with God?

Posted May 09, 2024

by Jolie Lloyd

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As Christians, we constantly strive to have more quiet time with God. We know it’s good for us; after all, Jesus was always seeking spaces of solitude to focus on the Father.

People often use the excuse that they are “too busy.” Maybe once life gets less busy, they’ll start reading the Bible more, they think. But, life never seems to slow down.

Americans spend an average of two hours and three minutes a day on social media, according to Statista, and over five hours participating in leisure activities including sports, socializing and watching TV, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics.

With this much leisure time spent elsewhere, is it not as much about “finding time” to spend with God as it is about making it a priority.

Benefits to spiritual health

In order to grow our desire to spend quiet time with God, we must understand how crucial it is to maintain good spiritual health, according to Winchelle Joy Subaldo on Medium.

Spending time with a close friend is vital to deepening the relationship. Time intentionally spent with a friend strengthens the bond one has, according to Pepperdine University.

Relationships with God work the same way. Spending time with Him consequently nurtures a deeper relationship with Him.

Benefits to mental health

In addition to fostering spiritual growth, devoting quiet time talking to God benefits our mental health.

Even secular sources agree prayer has stress-relieving abilities. Praying can calm your nervous system and help make you less reactive to negative emotions, according to the Association for Psychological Science.

Research shows that young adults who pray experience fewer depressive symptoms and higher levels of life satisfaction and self-esteem when compared to those who do not pray, according to Psychology Today.

What seems like an enigma to secular sources is clear to us who have experienced the power of prayer in our lives. It has healing power because we are praying to a healing God.

David writes in Psalm 30:2, "Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me."

We can find peace in the fact that the same God who healed David is the same God who hears our prayers today.

Additionally, when we spend time in His presence, we have access to the amazing peace only He provides.

Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” according to John 14:27.

When feeling too busy to spend quality time with the Lord, it is helpful to think about how the powerful benefits of quiet time with Him benefit us.

Psalm 46:10 tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Making time for stillness is key to remembering God’s power to bring peace to our lives.

Quiet Time Strategies

If you are feeling stagnant in your quiet time routine, consider spending time with God while listening to worship music. Listening to music has stress-reducing effects, regulating the autonomic nervous system, according to the National Library of Medicine.

In addition, some people incorporate journaling into their quiet time routine, according to Lifeway. One strategy to approach Bible journaling is taking a passage of Scripture and writing a prayer as a response to it.

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Journaling has been proven to have therapeutic qualities, aiding in reducing stress, managing anxiety and coping with depression, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The time and place you choose to practice quiet time is important in maintaining your focus, according to Vision Christian Media. It is important to select a time you can ensure that you will be entirely alone without distractions, such as the early morning before work starts or the late evening when work ends, and it can even be helpful to devote the time spent driving in a car to talking with the Lord.

Spending time with the Lord does not always have to be strictly alone. Reading the Bible with others can help you stay focused and more interested as well, according to BibleProject.

Whether or not we want to admit it, many of us struggle with viewing quiet time as monotonous. As a result of distraction or boredom, some people have a hard time focusing when reading the Bible or praying and may feel guilty for feeling this way, according to Bible Study Tools.

Sometimes, we become frustrated and bored with passages we have read before and cannot understand. The fellowship in studying with others allows us to gain new perspectives, breathing new life into our view of Bible time.

Those struggling with boredom when reading Scripture can ask the Spirit for help, according to Crossway. The spiritual relationship Christians cultivate is not a solo effort; rather, it is ultimately a collaborative partnership with the Lord, and when we ask God to help us to love His Word and desire Him more, He will cultivate that within us.

While it is difficult to read the Bible when we do not feel like it, remembering the peace it brings can be helpful. Even when we do not feel like it, we should try to read the Bible anyway and pour in our best efforts to grow closer with the Lord; once we establish and maintain a routine, it will naturally become more interesting and God will help us desire it more, according to Crossway.

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No matter what one’s time with God looks like, vulnerability is key to a healthy relationship with the Lord, according to Desiring God. Spending time unpacking your emotions and desires at the foot of the cross is what makes quiet time so beneficial to our relationship with God.

Philippians 4:7 says, “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We can only experience this sort of peace when we open ourselves to it by spending time in the powerful presence of Jesus.

This is the benefit of quiet time with God — access to peace that surpasses human understanding.

Jolie Lloyd is an English major at Messiah University who is passionate about words and Jesus. In her free time, she enjoys browsing bookstores, listening (and singing along) to worship music, playing piano, having theological discussions and spending time with her fiancé, family, friends and two pugs.