Wanna Get Away?

You probably remember the Southwest Airlines commercials showing someone doing something embarrassing followed by the tagline- “Wanna get away?”  As Christians, it needs to be our desire to “wanna get away,” not because of embarrassment, but because we need to be spending quality time with God everyday.  Within our daily schedule, we should develop the discipline to spend time with God in His Word and in prayer.  Such a time is often referred to as a “quiet time” and is an essential part of our journey in growing deeper in our relationship with Christ.  A “quiet time” is a time when you get alone with God for the purpose of studying His Word, reflect on what the Lord has spoken to your heart, pray, and worship.

You may ask, “Why do I need to have a quiet time?”  Jesus calls each of us to relationship with Himself- not religion.  Religion is an empty, outward, “going through the motions” type of religious sentiment that does little impact your daily life.  Relationship is experiencing the living God in such a way that He transforms who you are.  Religion is often man-made attempts to improve ourselves or alleviate our consciences in order to appease God in some way.  However, the Scripture calls us not to become better versions of ourselves, but instead to die to ourselves and become new in Christ- “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:17-18).

A quiet time with God is an essential part of a transforming relationship with Christ.  Think about it: not one relationship you have with another person can grow apart from the investment of quality time.  The same is true with our relationship to Jesus.  Having a daily quiet time keeps us “in tune” with the will of God in our lives.  When we fail to regularly study the Word and pray, we begin to get more susceptible to temptation and the things that draw us away from obediently following the Lord.

We should note that some of the greatest “heroes” in the Bible had the discipline of a quiet time- Moses, David, Daniel, Nehemiah just to name a few.  Most significant however, is the fact that Jesus Himself had regular quiet times with God.  On numerous occasions in the Gospels we read that Jesus got alone by Himself to spend time in prayer with the Father.  The obvious conclusion is that if Jesus and these others from the Bible had quiet times we should as well!

Practical Suggestions for Having a Quiet Time

In Matt. 14:23 we read about one of Jesus’ quiet times- “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.”  Consider these practical helps that we can learn from Jesus’ quiet time:

1. Make prayer a priority

And after He sent the multitudes away…”  Jesus was an incredibly busy person with many demands on Him.  Sounds like most of us today, huh?  Yet, he made time to have time with God.  We will have to say “no” to some things, or get up a little earlier in the morning, or turn off the TV in order to have our quiet time.  It takes discipline!

2. Discover the secret place

…He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray…”  Notice how Jesus got alone for His quiet time.  He minimized distractions by getting up early or staying up late and being by Himself.  A helpful suggestion is to find a certain place- in your home, office, etc. where you know you can be alone and uninterrupted to pray and study the Bible.

3. Realize the value of silence

…and when it was evening, He was there alone.”  Being alone after the busyness of the day was over meant it was quiet for Jesus.  Sadly, many of us think we have had our quiet time while driving to work, saying a fast prayer with the TV on in the background, or quickly scanning a one-minute devotional.  It’s fine to pray in the car (with your eyes open!) or the hallway of your school, but these alone cannot deepen and build our relationship with the Lord.  I know it never goes well for me when I try to listen to my wife and see the score of the game at the same time!  We must get alone where it is quiet with no distractions and listen to what the Lord says to us through His Word and His Spirit.

I pray you will “wanna get away” and grow in your relationship with Christ.

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2 Responses to “Wanna Get Away?”

  1. I must admit this is something I really need to work on. My quiet time is usually around bed time and I know I’m am often too tired to pray as I should. We/I need to find that special time when we are alert.