If you’ve never spent time alone with God, it can be really hard to know where to begin. I’d like to give you a few pointers on how to get started. During this first week, you will learn the importance of why you should be spending time with God and the basic elements that should be a part of your quiet time.
First, understand why it is important to spend time with God. When you woke up this morning, you did a few things to prepare for the day. You probably showered; you got dressed, brushed your hair and teeth, ate some breakfast, and packed your bag for the day. A quiet time should be a part of our daily preparation as well. It’s kind of like getting “spiritually dressed” for the day. The Bible talks about putting on the armor of God to prepare for the daily battle.
Read Ephesians 6:10-12. What do these verses say that our struggle and battle is actually against?
How is the Christian life sometimes like a battle?
Have you found this to be true in your own life? Write about a time when you experienced a spiritual battle:
Read Ephesians 6:14-18.
God’s Word gives a very specific picture of what it is like to arm yourself each day for battle. Each piece of armor represents something that we need to “put on” for the spiritual battle we face every day. Write here what each piece of armor represents, use your quiet time to find versus that speak to what each piece represents:
- Belt: ________________________________________________
- Breastplate: __________________________________________
- Shoes: ________________________________________________
- Shield: ________________________________________________
- Helmet: ________________________________________________
- Sword: ________________________________________________
Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.
What do these verses tell you about the importance of getting “spiritually dressed” for the day?
Take a few moments to put on your spiritual armor. Once you are finished, put a note on your mirror or set a reminder on your phone to help you remember to put on your armor on a daily basis.