My favorite time to meet with God is in the early morning silence. The house quiet, without distractions or interruptions. I sit with a cup of coffee, my Bible, God, and me.
I don’t want to skim over Scripture, racing to get done so I can move on to something else. This time of silence with God helps set the tone of my day. When I start my day with the Word, I carry it with me and the Holy Spirit uses it to remind me of the lessons I learned. I respond differently to the challenges of the day. And when I follow my own way, the verses of that morning or those from long ago, point out I need to adjust the course of my attitude and actions.
Over the years, I’ve tried a variety of ways to make my time with God more than a check-off list.
Praying in the Silence
I start with John Piper’s acrostic IOUS helps me set my mind on letting God teach me through His Word. In his Letter to a 13-Year-Old on How to Go Deeper in Bible Study, Piper explains how to pray before starting to read.
Incline my heart to your testimonies, Psalm 119:36
Open my eyes to see the wonders in your word, Psalm 119:18.
Unite my heart to fear your name, Psalm 86:11.
Satisfy me with your steadfast love, Psalm 90:14.
Two Methods for Studying and Applying God’s Word in the Silence
SOAP by Love God Greatly
Scripture: write the Scripture to savor each word and help remember it.
Observation: what does the passage say? What do you notice?
Application: how does the passage apply to you? What lesson do you need to take away and live?
Prayer: use the Scripture to pray, praising God, asking for forgiveness and for God to help you use what you learned in your daily walk.
Adore, Admit, Aspire from Timothy Keller’s book The Songs of Jesus
Adore: praise God for His character and provision
Admit: confess any sinful emotions, attitudes, and behavior
Aspire: how will you live differently?
Spending time with God in the early morning silence helps me choose a thankful heart more often.
When do you like to meet with God? Do you have a favorite method of reading His Word? Please share with me in the comments.
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