“Against the flesh, the traitor within, a warrior uses discipline. We have a two-dimensional version of this now, which we call a ‘quiet time.’ But most [people] have a hard time sustaining any sort of devotional life because it has no vital connection to recovering and protecting their strength; it feels about as important as flossing.
“But if you saw your life as a great battle and you knew you needed time with God for your very survival, you would do it.” ~ John Eldredge
I’ve been doing a quiet time* pretty much every day since I was 16. I’ve got stacks as tall as I am of journals and Bible study notebooks I have filled. The Bibles I’ve used over the years each look like a graffiti war zone of ink colors and highlighters and notes in the margins. I’ve got a bookcase full of study tools (now made irrelevant by the internet), and files full of study methods, prayer methods, journal methods. I’m all about the methods. I’ve even published books on methods for studying specific parts of the Bible.
For the most part, this daily practice has been good for me. As far as it goes.
But it doesn’t go far enough. In fact, it never really has.
This is especially true if you’re a faith leader.