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I used to have a strict quiet time rule for myself, feeling that my quiet time was complete when I read X chapters of the Bible each day. I followed a four-chapter-a-day plan and found myself more focused on finishing the chapters than meditating on the Word. As long as I ticked the boxes on the reading plan, I thought it was okay. It was like following a walking-for-health plan, in which I had to log 10,000 steps on my pedometer and that was it.
I read the Book of John this month to observe how Jesus dealt with people, how he lived. If I am a Christ-follower, then I must know his lifestyle. Thinking of the Book of John, the other gospels and the New Testament in general, I never read any verse that required a quiet time of 30 minutes or one hour daily.
I have read about Jesus spending a lot of time in prayer, about the disciples examining the scriptures to see if the preachers are accurately citing it.
Jesus prayed for the sick. He wept when Lazarus died even when he knew he was going to raise him from the dead. He got angry when businessmen did not give due respect to his Father's house.
He attended a wedding. He talked to an outcast woman. He healed persons with disabilities, one who could not walk and another who could not see. He fed thousands. He did something to ease suffering. He reasoned out so those religious leaders would not condemn a man who could not walk since birth. He saved a prostitute from being stoned to death.