Having experimented with having my quiet time at different parts of the day, I found out that having my quiet time in the morning works best for me. Here are 7 reasons why I would suggest you to have your quiet time in the morning:
1. You satisfy your spiritual hunger
We have a spiritual need to be connected to our Creator. And so it is really important to satisfy this need early in the day.
Quiet time has become my second breakfast.
When I wake up in the morning I am usually as hungry for God as I am hungry physically. So it’s really important to have my quiet time in the morning to satisfy this need, the same as it is to eat my breakfast.
2. You get connected to God for the rest of the day
If you have your quiet time in the morning you can spend your entire day in His presence. This is not the case if you have your quiet time in the evening.
When I would have my quiet time in the evening I would get filled with the Spirit and He would give me all those amazing revelations. But there was only one problem: I was trying to fall asleep during that time.
So the earlier in the day you get connected to God the more you will hear from Him and your entire day you can receive guidance from Him.
3. You can let His light shine through you for the rest of the day
When you become receptive of the Holy Spirit at the start of the day you can let His light shine through you and others may be blessed by it.
But when I had my quiet time before going to sleep I would become receptive of the Holy Spirit and I would get filled with all this peace and love… and than I would go to sleep.
God has given us the Holy Spirit so that we can minister to others.
So the earlier in the day we get receptive of Him the more people we will bless and the more people might come to Christ because of us deciding to have our quiet time early in the day and not before going to sleep.
4. You are in better physical and emotional shape in the morning
I have noticed that in the morning I am more focused, my mind is clearer, and I am more at peace.
Better physical shape really helps to feel His peace more since the worries of the day have not yet occupied my mind.
I am also more alert in the morning than in the evening. Falling asleep during my quiet time often blocks me from feeling God.
5. More motivation
I have noticed that in the morning I am less lazy than in the evening. This happens because I get tired towards the evening so I am more likely to move stuff from the evening towards the next day.
But this is not the case in the morning. In the morning I am usually full of energy and so it becomes really easy to stay committed to a daily quiet time.
6. It won’t get pushed away by other tasks
Often things come up during the day and if you have your quiet time scheduled for the afternoon or evening, it might get pushed out by other more urgent tasks.
But if you have it in the morning as the first thing you do then it will be less likely pushed away by other things that are more urgent but probably less meaningful.
7. You will be less likely to get disturbed
If you wake up early in the morning you are less likely going to be disturbed by a family member or somebody who lives with you during your quiet time.
If you are able to have your quiet time outside you are less likely to be disturbed by neighbors. And you can also pray out loud since nobody is going to hear you at this early hour.
You are also less likely to be called or messaged during this time so there will not be many distractions.
8. Better experience
There is something about the pink sky and rising sun that makes you feel close to God. It is also silent and the air is especially fresh during those hours.
In summer I like to have my quiet time outside in the garden. The sun shines warmly, birds are singing all around me, and it feels like God just comes down from heaven to sit with me on my little old couch.
If I convinced you that having your quiet time in the morning is best, let me give you some application tips:
- Decide on the specific time you are going to have your quiet time in the morning. Make sure to go to sleep earlier if you are going to wake up earlier.
- Decide for how long you are going to have your quiet time. You can totally start with 5-10 minutes. I think 30 minutes is optimal for most people. I personally like to have my quiet time for 1 hour. So decide what works best for you.
- Pick a place where you can get alone with God and pray where nobody will see or hear you.
- Communicate to your family or the people you live with that you are going to have your quiet time lets say from 7am to 7:30am. Ask them to not disturb you during this time. This will also help you to stay accountable.
- Wake up before you have your quiet time. Plan to have 10-30 minutes for waking up before you start your quiet time. You can take shower, wash your face, eat something, drink coffee, or walk or exercise a little bit. You need to get yourself fully awake so that you do not fall asleep while God is telling you something important.
When do you have your quiet time? Do you think it is better to have it in the morning or during other part of the day? Why?
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