March 3, 2010 1 min to read

Why Enjoyment is the Point of a 'Quiet Time'

Category : Blogs (Faith), Life-Ecstatic (Faith)

Wish I was there

One of the reasons why Christians should set aside some time during the day, every day, for God, is to make our pursuit of pleasure for the day God Himself. This time set aside for God is often called a ‘quiet time’.

This is usually an intimate time we spend with God that can overflow into prayer for others, but is mainly just about spending time with God (like when Adam used to spend time with God walking in the cool of the day in the book of Genesis).

However, it seems that many of us have largely made the point of this ‘quiet time’ about growth (growing as a Christian) and we’ve made the by-product of growth enjoyment of God.

But it should actually be the other way around. The point is enjoying God and the by-product of such enjoyment is growth.

This is what worship is about. The more one enjoys God the more they will grow, and then usually the more they grow the more they will want to enjoy God.

But making growth the point transforms it into a type of duty. There is a difference between saying “I must have a quiet time, I must worship God” and saying “I really need to have a quiet time, I need (to worship) God.” One is based on duty, the other based on longing and knowing where to be fulfilled.

About Ryan Peter

Ryan Peter is a writer, journalist and ghostwriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. He writes fantasy, sci-fi, inspirational fiction, and on faith. Ryan is also part of the New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI) translocal team.

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    ReplyMark Penrith March 3, 2010

    You sound like a Christian Hedonist. Good for you.

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    ReplyRyan Peter March 3, 2010

    Ha ha, yeah you could say I am :) Interested in hearing your opinion on Christian Hedonism?

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    ReplyMark Penrith April 14, 2010

    I'm a Piper fan. I balance him with equal intakes of MacArthur. The emotion and the brain.

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    ReplyRyan Peter April 15, 2010

    Ah, nice :) I'm not much of a MacArthur fan myself, though. Just never got into his stuff.

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