You’re not alone. It happens to me all the time.
I sit down to spend time with God, but I’m too tired or too rushed or too distracted. I open that Bible of mine, but it feels like going through the motions. I read Romans 8 and wonder how on earth I’m going to coach my daughter through SAT math or what I’m going to make for dinner since the fridge is empty.
So many things can sabotage our time with God: exhaustion, busyness, or discouragement. All too often it becomes one more thing to do because we’re good church girls.
We forget that the whole point of having a quiet time is relationship.
Relationship with God.
God’s the only one who can renew our hearts and bring us closer to Himself. But sometimes small changes in the way we spend time with Him help us to sense God’s presence in new ways.
6 Ideas for Waking up Tired Quiet Times
1. Focus on Fellowship
It might help to remember that God has called us into fellowship. Our quiet time is a chance to respond to His invitation, to get to know God better and to tell Him what’s on our minds. Pray that God would draw you into deeper fellowship through the time you spend with Him.
2. Remember Repentance
Repentance is a word we don’t like so much, but it’s a key to fellowship with God. Occasionally setting aside special time to repent can renew our spirits. Read Psalm 32, and ask God to examine your heart. Confess whatever sin or failure He brings to mind. Don’t forget the best part: receive His forgiveness and enjoy the closeness that results in your relationship.
3. Tell God What’s Bothering You
When you feel worried or discouraged, it’s hard to focus on reading scripture. Try jotting down everything that’s bothering you. Bring each item on the list to God and pray about it. You’ll feel more peaceful and focused afterwards.
4. Speak His Love Language
Surely worship is God’s love language. Read through some Psalms or sing a few songs to Him. Play an instrument or turn on some worship music. Nothing delights God more than to hear you say you love Him.
5. Receive His love.
When I’m worn down spiritually or emotionally, I find refreshment in returning to the simple truth that God loves me. I turn to passages like 1 John 4:7-16. Ask God to pour His love into your heart, and sit quietly to receive it.
6. Get Creative
Draw a picture, write a poem, or song in response to God and His Word. Instead of your regular Bible reading program, try reading a favorite passage every day for a week, and see what God shows you. Check out these 10 Tips to Fresh Encounters with God’s Word.
Just like opening windows lets fresh air into our homes, trying new approaches to God in our quiet times can revitalize our relationship with Him.
Now it’s your turn: Which of these ideas appeal to you most? When God seems far away, what helps you to connect with Him?