Last night a high-energy buddy of mine who lives on airplanes and thrives on the high voltage culture of the corporate world confided in me of his long-standing sense of spiritual dryness.
Following are a few simple suggestions I made to him for overcoming dry Quiet Times:
- In approaching God, it is important to slow down, relax, and give Him adequate time to break through to the core of our encrusted, pressurized souls. God simply will not be rushed!
- In our time with God, be sure our focus is not primarily on gleaning truth from the Scriptures, but on experiencing intimacy and fellowship with Jesus. Christ cautioned the Pharisees:
- “You diligently study the Scriptures… yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.“
- Prayerful meditation over a relatively small portion of Scripture usually proves more meaningful than attempting to cover a larger portion. Scheduled readings can have a stultifying effect on us.
- Keep in mind that meditation involves visualization and application.
In focusing on Psalm 23:1, for example, our prayerful meditation might go something like this:
“THE LORD is my SHEPHERD, I shall not be in WANT”
“O God, I pray that you are THE Shepherd of my life… I belong to you alone.”
“O Father, I surrender to your LORDship: My finances, career… everything.”
“Lord, because You are my SHEPHERD, I know I shall never be in WANT.”
- Strike a balance between intercession and worship. While petition is important, we need also to understand that (1) God seeks our worship, and (2) worship touches at the core of our need for intimate communion with Him. Using worshipful music tapes and a hymnal can prove helpful.
“True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23)
- Keep in mind that Christ went to the Cross so that we could enjoy intimacy with Him:
“God… has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
What a shame it would be to miss a life of intimacy with our Savior this side of eternity!