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The importance of Quiet Time

With so many things vying for our attention in the natural world, it makes sense that a still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12) could get lost in the shuffle. That’s why setting aside daily quiet time to actively seek God is necessary. Rather than reading the Bible to check an item off the list of “things good Christians do,” when we take time to pray and dive into His word with hopeful expectation, we can see God begin to move in our lives.

Something that helps clarify my thoughts when I’m praying is keeping a prayer journal — writing down my prayers and questions for God, as well as any scripture that strikes me as I read. If you’re like me, your prayer frequently regards dealing with different challenges of daily life, so-called headaches, if you will.

When I have a headache, it is (literally) on my mind, so maybe I take an aspirin to make it go away. But sometimes, with the pain out of my head, it is off of my mind, too. I forget that only a few hours ago I was hurting, before the aspirin offered relief. The prayer journal reminds us of past challenges and strengthens our expectation for hearing from God by enabling us to see how God has moved in our lives.

God created us by His word (John 1:1) and saved us by it (John 1:9-14). Is it crazy to think He wants to speak to us through it?

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