In an attempt to approach my quiet time in a more strategic manner, I have taken it upon myself to practice praying through the scriptures in a more structured manner, keeping me focused on single points at a time. In the end, my quiet time is made up of reading the Word, Prayer, and Worship.
I start off by focusing my mind and heart on what the scripture reveals about God, and Jesus Christ. This keeps my thoughts from drifting into other places, and ultimately causes joy and deep affection to arise in my heart, as the Holy Spirit reveals the attributes of the Godhead.
Secondly, I then proceed into a time of petitioning, and praying in line with the will of God for me, and other believers, as inspired by the scripture, and the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is like a magnifying glass being cast onto a patch of grass, the Holy Spirit being the source of heat – in this case the Sun. If we keep it on the same spot long enough, it will eventually cause a flame.
Thirdly, I take time to praise and worship the Lord as He is revealed through the Word and Prayer.
When we position ourselves on one portion of scripture, and zone in onto specific points, it causes a burning passion to be ignited in our hearts for the purposes of God – I trust that it will be the same for you, as you submit yourself to the scriptures, prayerfully.
Here is an example from Colossians chapter 1:
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brothers[a] in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.[b] He is a faithful minister of Christ on your[c] behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[f] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[g] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Paul’s Ministry to the Church
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
- Thanksgiving for Faith, and Love which the Father has granted us in Christ
- Thanksgiving for deliverance from Darkness into light.
- Christ is the Image of God.
- He is the firstborn of all creation.
- All things are created through Christ, and for Christ.
- Christ is the faithful head of the Church.
- He is the firstborn from the dead.
- He is the Preeminent (Best/Unique) one.
- He is the fullness of God.
- Through Him we are reconciled to the Father.
- His blood is our peace offering towards God.
- His aim is to present us Holy and blameless and above reproach.
- Christ in us is the hope of Glory.
- That we would share the gospel and that it would bear fruit.
- That we would be filled with the knowledge of His will.
- That we would receive Spiritual wisdom and understanding.
- That we would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
- That we would bear fruit.
- That we would increase in a knowledge of God.
- That we would be strengthened with His might.
- That we would receive endurance in faith, stability, steadfastness, hope in the gospel and joyous patience.
- That we would be faithful in the proclaiming, warning, and teaching the truth of God’s word.
- That we would be mature in Christ.
- That we would be empowered with His energy and power working mightily in us.