2008/10/08 How to Have a Quiet Time (Part 2) by Rick Warren Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 (NIV) *** *** *** *** Select a specific time The specific time has to do with when you should have your quiet time and how long it should be. The general rule is this: The best time is when you are at your best! Give God the best part of your day, when you are the freshest and most alert. Dont try to serve God with your leftover time. Remember, too, that your best time may be different from someone elses. For most of us, however, early in the morning seems to be the best time. It was Jesus own practice to rise early to pray and meet with the Father: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35). In the Bible many godly men and women rose early to meet with God. Some of these were: Abraham Genesis 19:27 Moses Exodus 34:4 Job Job 1:5 Hannah and Elkanah 1 Samuel 1:19 Jacob Genesis 28:18 David Psalms 5:3; 57:7,8 (See also Psalm 143:8; Isaiah 26:9; Ezekiel 12:8) You might even consider having two quiet times (morning and night). Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators, used to have code letters for his night quiet time: HWLW. Whenever he was with a group of people at night or home with his wife and the conversation seemed to be ending, he would say, All right, HWLW. HWLW stood for His Word the Last Word; and he practiced that through the years as a way of ending a day with ones thoughts fixed on the Lord (Betty Lee Skinner, Daws, Zondervan, 1974, p. 103). Whatever time you set, be consistent in it. Schedule it on your calendar; make an appointment with God as you would with anyone else. Make a date with Jesus! Then look forward to it and dont stand him up. A stood-up date is not a pleasant experience for us, and Jesus does not like to be stood up either. So make a date with him and keep it at all costs. The question is often asked, How much time should I spend with the Lord? If youve never had a consistent quiet time before, you may want to start with seven minutes (Robert D. Foster, Seven Minutes with God, NavPress, 1997) and let it grow naturally. You should aim to eventually spend not less than 15 minutes a day with the Lord.