A DAILY QUIET TIME
(From Eric Liddell - 'The Disciplines of the Christian Life')
One way to know God is to spend time with God each day. Set aside a specific time for prayer and Bible study and plan to stick to it every day. If you make it in the morning it will set the course for the rest of the day. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of that time.
1. Be Still. God, the source of all truth and love, is here. Take time to realize God's presence. Be glad that God speaks when we listen and hears when we pray. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 'Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name'.
2. For what are you especially thankful this morning? Name some of God's gifts to you; friends, family, lessons learned, challenge of difficulties, new responsibilities, etc. Thank God particularly for Jesus Christ, and the freedom He has given you. 'Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength.'
3. Accept Jesus Christ into your life for TODAY, with all His qualities of outgoing love, honesty, purity, and unselfishness, and with His passion to do God's will. Where you failed yesterday to measure up to Christ's standards, be honest about it; accept promptly God's forgiveness and release in the power of the Holy Spirit; get up and go in His strength. 'Create in me a clean heart , O God' (Psalm 51:10) 'Go and sin no more' (John 8:11)
4. In the light of God's love and the world's needs, what new responsibilities for people and situations does God want you to make today? Find out God's plan. Make notes of the things you feel God is calling you to do, people to pray for etc. Listen to God and obey fearlessly throughout the day. 'In the world you have trouble, but courage! - I have conquered the world' (John 16:33)
5. What new message has God for you from the Bible this morning? What new light does your study throw on God's plan for the world and your part in it? 'If anyone loves me, he will obey my word' (John 14:15)
6. Remember your duty today is to witness for God, by example, character, in your home, at your school or college, at your place of work and in your spare time. Be ready to witness to God's grace, mercy, and guidance. Be alert to pass on any message that would help or cheer another. You have prayed 'Thy kingdom Come'. How are you going to help God answer that prayer?”
(Eric Liddell - Olympic Gold winning runner - 'Chariots of Fire' - Missionary in China)