A daily time of reflection or conversation with the Heavenly Father is often thought of as a luxury.

How to Cultivate the Secret Place

by Fia Curley
9/24/15 Prayer

When life is at a frenetic pace, finding time to spend with the Lord can feel like an impossibility.

Amid the very real demands of work, family, ministry, and ongoing task lists, our daily quiet times have dwindled or become non-existent. A daily time of reflection or conversation with the Heavenly Father is often thought of as a luxury. Many feel they are too busy to pray. Moments spent with the Father are relegated to the end of the day, only to be overpowered by our bodies’ need for sleep or last-minute distractions.

However, quiet time with our Heavenly Father is a necessity. It’s an activity that propels us throughout our day, not an inconvenience.

The Son of God took the time to pray before the demands of His day (Mt. 14:13). Even Daniel took time daily to step away from the most crucial tasks in order to hear from God (Dan. 2:17, 6:11, 13, 9:3–6).

We can also follow this example of meeting with our Heavenly Father and gaining from His generous nature.

In our times with the Lord—reading the Word, verbalizing our thankfulness, sharing our thoughts with the Lord, or even quietly listening to Him—we gain perspective and direction. We gain a greater understanding of the character of our Lord and Creator. He shows us His nature and His thoughts, and He quiets us with His love (Zeph. 3:17). In a society that rushes us along from one day to the next, our Father slows the pace and reorients us. We learn our real priorities when we are in His presence.

When we meet with God, we always receive. Moses encountered God at a burning bush and received his assignment. Elijah met with God while he was running away and gained perspective from God’s still, small whispers. During David’s quiet time, he received plans to build God’s holy temple.

Even when we know we need to spend time with God, the likelihood of action increases when there’s a plan. In order to meet with God as a regular part of our day, we can incorporate practical points to move us toward success.

Find a Place (where to do it):
Actually choosing a location for undistracted time of devotion can help us accomplish the goal of meeting with God. Some people desire a time to get away and create a routine. While some opt for a quiet trip, others attend events focused on cultivating a constant awareness of the presence of the Lord that will help them strategically implement the quiet time in the midst of everyday activity.

Have a Plan:
When we have an idea about how we would like to spend the time, we are better able to focus. There are times when we want to meditate on a specific verse, chapter, or book in the Bible, and sometimes we desire to simply sit before the Lord, thanking Him for His faithfulness.

Develop Perseverance:
If the first attempt to build a consistent quiet time doesn’t work, consider making daily scheduled attempts for a designated period before going back to your usual schedule. Creating a new habit can take time—like incorporating physical exercise into your routine.

Gain Perspective:
Even on the days when we feel less than successful, we can be encouraged by the truth that any amount of time we spend seeking the Lord is an investment that will yield benefits in this age and in the age to come. God is not disappointed by what we may feel was a small or insignificant amount of time. On the contrary, He is delighted that we are moved to set our hearts and minds on Him; He is overcome by even one glance from us (Song 4:9; 6:5).

Consider joining us this year in December for our Onething conference. You can come learn, worship, and grow with other like-minded believers from the nations who also desire to cultivate faithfulness in the secret place.

Fia Curley

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Fia Curley serves on the NightWatch at IHOPKC, participating in prayer, worship, and intercession from midnight to 6am. She enjoys blending her passion for prayer, worship, and journalism as she labors with the Lord to see His goodness revealed to families, government leaders, and immigrants from non-Christian nations.

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