Silence and Solitude.
It doesn’t matter what you call your alone time with the Lord, as long as you have quiet time with the Lord.
The amount of alone time you have with the Lord is between you and Him. If you have only 15 minutes to spare during the day, that is fine! This is a judgment-free zone.
As I conclude this blog series on silence and solitude, I wanted to give you a gift to use in your quiet time. There have been many times when I stared at a blank journal page and had no idea where to begin. I came up with a formula that works for me, and I wanted to share it with you.
Thank you, Lord!
I start my quiet time by praising the Lord for who He is, and I thank Him for answered prayers. Remember, He answers all our prayers – they may not be answered in the way that we hope, but the Lord sees the bigger picture!
Prayers for My Family
After praise and thanksgiving, I begin to pray for my family, starting with Craig and then for our children.
Prayers for Others
After lifting my family up in prayer, I list friends, co-workers, or acquaintances that need prayer.
Lord, Help Me to…
In this section, I write prayer requests, with the focus on what I need the Lord to help me with. It could be something as simple as getting me to work without a traffic backup on the bridge, to overcoming a panic attack.
Each week, I try to focus on a verse to memorize. If I don’t commit that verse to memory at the end of the week, I will continue to memorize it the next week.
This form of prayer planner is by no means something that is set in stone. It’s a system that works for me, but may not necessarily work for you – and that’s ok!
To download the free Prayer Planner, please click here.