Doing a Quiet Time – How?

Now that you have a New Year’s Resolution to do a daily quiet time you may be wondering how to actually do one. I have put together some tips on having an effective quiet time.

An easy way to remember how to complete your daily quiet time is SOAP

  • Scripture
  • Observation
  • Application
  • Prayer

Scripture

Scripture in this context is simply the passage of the Bible you are reading on that day. To have an effective daily quiet time you should pick a book of the Bible to methodically work through. If you have never spent time in the word daily I recommend you start in the books of John and Romans. Start with a few verses to read each day and don’t feel you have to read a whole chapter.

Observation

What is the writer saying in this passage? Writing down a synopsis of what the passage says will often help you to retain what you have read. It could be a sentence or two or three, but try keep it as short as possible.

Application

After thinking about what the writer is saying you should consider how you can apply it to your life. It is helpful to write this application down and to use first person pronouns such as I, me, my, mine.

Prayer

I think this last one is pretty self explanatory. It is always good to finish your quiet time with some prayer. Think of it like this: reading the Bible is God speaking to you, praying is you responding. It is helpful to pray for specific rather than general things. Writing down a list of what you need to pray for will keep you on track.

I find it helpful to have a specific journal that I write everything down in. You then have a record of everything you need to remember, apply and pray for and always know where to find it.

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If you previously missed out then read Part One of this series

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