CONCERNING QUIET TIME AND FAMILY ALTAR (Part 2)

05
Nov

It is true the term “quiet time” cannot be found in the bible but the footprints of its practice are all over the scriptures. It is a time set aside to pray or to ponder on things pertaining to God and His Word.

The word “quiet” suggests that there is absence of noise or bustle. It also implies something done privately or secretly.

There is no better time of the day to experience or practice quiet time like early in the morning, when there are no noises. Even the human body is calm, the mind has not been exposed to too many speeches and thoughts.

It means you are giving God the very best of your day! It is a matter of who or what comes first before any other thing.

Men of old had encounters with God early in the morning. And it became their practice also to obey God that period of the day.

Abraham got up to stand before the Lord early in the morning

“And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD” (Gen. 19:27).

He obeyed the Lord early in the morning too

“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba” (Gen. 21:14).

“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him” (Gen. 22:3).

Jacob, after having that dream of angels ascending and descending, got up early in the morning to consecrate the place he had this encounter.

“And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it” (Gen 28:18).

Moses wrote the words of the Lord early in the morning

“And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel” (Ex. 24:4).

The 10 commandments were received on Mount Sinai the second time early in the morning

“And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.” (Ex. 34:2, 4)

Joshua, his servant also followed this pattern

“And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD” (Jos. 6:12).

A man called Elkanah and his family rose early to worship the Lord

“And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her” (1Sam. 1:19).

Samuel, David, Gideon and Job knew what it meant to wake up in the morning to pray or to obey God as recorded in the scriptures.

Jesus made this a practice too

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mk 1:35).

Notice, He rose very early in the morning and went into a solitary or quiet place. Quiet time is not just about a time, it is also about a place designated for prayer or meditation. This means it is not wise to stay on the same spot you slept to observe quiet time. There should be a movement from there.

Jesus withdrew himself to the wilderness to pray alone.

“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed” (Lk. 5:16).

“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone” (Matt. 14:23).

He prayed all night

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God” (Lk. 6:12).

This ought to be our practice too. It is a godly example. The reason some kicked against this practice was because it gradually was coloured by religion and legalism. Some felt it became an obligation which when it was done, people neglected a continued consciousness of God all through the day. But like we said in the first part of this series, quiet time can be a foundation on which we ought to build a continued practice of His presence as we go about our daily activities.

Brother Hagin once prophesied the importance of giving the Lord a tithe of our daily time (24 hours), just an hour or two each day. He said “we would become spiritual stalwarts and it would also affect the way we see things generally”

It is time we re-enacted quiet time and family prayer time.

Do it privately.

Do it consistently.

Don’t rush into the day without spending quality time in prayer and meditation. When you are done, call your family together if you have one. Daddy or mummy can lead it. Single parents are not left out.

I remember this song very vividly. We sang when I was younger

“In the morning,

early in the morning

in the morning I will rise and praise the Lord”

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