I am not a sports fanatic, but what I have observed about Champion athletes who are successful in their chosen sport is that although their success did not happen overnight, they faithfully go through intense training. They are diligent and disciplined. They develop habits that will make them better athletes.

For Christians to grow and be strong in the faith, they have to go through training and discipline. First Timothy 4:7-8 says, “…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Like athletes, Christians are to develop certain habits to make success happen. One of those habits is to have quiet time spent privately in fellowship and communion with the Lord.

The Bible gives specific instructions for this, but Jesus,Himself, set us an example and it’s worth considering. Mark 1:35 says:

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.

The context of this verse is that Jesus had a busy ministry schedule. He proclaimed the Gospel (vv. 14-15), called the first disciples (vv. 16-20), taught at a synagogue and drove out a demon (vv.21-28), and healed Peter’s mother-in-law and others (vv. 29-34). After verse 35, he preached in Galilee and drove out demons again (v.38) and healed a leper (vv. 40-45). So in spite of a hectic schedule, Jesus managed to spend time with His Father. We have no excuse.

When did Jesus do His quiet time? The verse tells us that “very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up.”

Now, this doesn’t mean that we all have to do our quiet times early in the morning. We’re not legalistic here. But we must consider some advantages: First, early morning is a silent time of the day where there are fewer distractions. Secondly, we are at our best at this time as compared to other times of the day where many things are going on. And third, when we give God the first part of our day, we also put Him before everything else.

Indeed, this takes discipline. We need to be intentional in making time for it.

Where did Jesus do it? The verse tells us that He “left the house and went off to a solitary place.” Jesus went to a solitary place, away from people, because it has fewer distractions, if not free from it.

What did Jesus do? Finally, the verse tells us that “he prayed.” He was communing with His Father. Some of us feel guilty when we read our Bibles during quiet times but don’t get any new knowledge from it. It happens! And although it is good to have new knowledge from the Bible, the main point of our quiet time is fellowship with God. Jesus, through prayer, communicated with The Father. He was intimate with Him.

God communicates to us through His Word, and we communicate to Him through our prayers.

Of course, doing quiet time will only makes sense if we have a personal relationship with God. The problem, however, is that we are sinners (Romans 3:23). As sinners, we are separated from God (away from His presence [2 Thessalonians 1:9]) and are bound for hell (Romans 6:23, Revelation 21:8). If this is the case, then there’s no way for sinners to have a personal relationship with Him!

But here’s the good news: Jesus died for our sins! He “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). He died so we can be intimate with God. And by trusting in Jesus and what He has done on the cross, we are no longer separated with God and can have a relationship with Him. So I urge you to place your trust (faith) in Jesus.

Do you have personal relationship with God through Christ?

 


Writer’s Bio: 
Enzo Cortes is a student-volunteer for Christ’s Commission Fellowship’s (CCF) youth ministry, more known as the Jzone Ministry. He is active in reaching out to the students from Taft Schools. He also handles a small group of male college students and mentors them on Christian living and leadership.   Enzo enjoys speaking for youth and young adult groups, inspiring them to live Christ-centered lives. He loves to write blogs, read Christian books and blogs, run long miles, drink coffee, and eat donuts.  This article was originally from the author’s blog at enzocortes.com