Just as Jesus went to a solitary place to meet with his Father (Mark 1:35), so a disciple should daily pull away from the business of life for a quite time, a personal rendezvous with the Lord and Savior. (Discipleship Essentials p.32)
That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, "Everyone is looking for you." And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out."
Mark 1: 32- 38
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
A thought for today:
Quiet Time: is it a noun, a verb, or an adjective?
Quiet Time as a noun is defined by a separate, solitary place. Quiet Time as a verb is defined by actively quieting our mind and body, and focusing our attention and concentration. Quiet Time as an adjective describes our interactive time with the Lord listening, soaking, and steeping in the word and in His presence.
Establishing the type of quiet time as described by Ogden incorporates 3 components: reading the Bible, meditating on the reading, and praying. I have added active listening to those components which for some is included in the act of meditation but I like to identify it separately.
My initial practice of quiet time was to just sit and basically say “okay, God, here I am…speak up.” Well God is faithful and would speak and I would receive a “nugget” of wisdom, but I often found that nugget wouldn’t even sustain me through the day. I read the Bible and spent time in prayer, but I hadn’t understood how to incorporate the quiet time. Putting all the components together did not come easily. I had many starts, and do-overs, commitments and re-commitments. One of the reasons I think it was so difficult to put all the parts together was that I didn’t understand that I could have a personal relationship with the Lord and that He wanted one with me. The Lord cared so much about me, he began to speak to me in His word, in my spirit and yes, even in an audible voice. It was through mediation on His word and sitting quietly with that Word that He began to speak. It changed everything. I suddenly realized how much he loved me and that he was revealing that love to me through meditating on Scripture and sitting with Him quietly waiting to hear.
Jesus modelled this quiet time for his disciples and for us. Jesus met with his Father in the desert, up the mountain, at sea, and in the garden. Jesus spent quiet time with the Father even in the midst of busy ministry much to the consternation of the disciples. It was out of quiet time that Jesus began ministry, how he made important decisions, and how he dealt with troubling emotions like grief. It’s how he prepared for his death on the cross. Jesus did nothing apart from his Father. Jesus’ quiet time is the model for how we can grow deeper in our love-relationship with God the Father.
by Kristin Colligan
Questions to prayerfully ponder and challenge us in this devotional.
- Why did Jesus go to a solitary place; why would he, the Son of God need to do so?
- Note how Jesus did so in the midst of a very busy schedule, he made it a priority to connect with his heavenly Father, why did he make it a priority, why should we?
- Psalm 1 indicates that the word of God is a place to connect with Him, and the transformative effect it has upon us. Reflect on this and consider sharing how the word of God effect your relationship with Him, and your relationships with other people. How does it make a difference in your life?