How to have Quiet Time – Practical Lessons on how to spend time with God

Ron van Zyl has over 40 years of intensive experience in hearing the voice of God. He has built many things under guidance of the Holy Spirit and he has learned many things firsthand. Up until now he has written a dozen books in which he tells of his revelations he had had directly from God. As his daughter, I have been involved in the Ministry with him from the age of 14. Our whole family have been growing in the Lord together and we share our knowledge with you in a practical way.

Ron, Yvonne, Michell and Aldo van Zyl

I am setting out to create a training program in which I will guide you through the practical experiences we have had ourselves. I want to share our lives with you and I want to share the things that God has accomplished in us.

I am going to start at the beginning and share with you everything we have learned. I don’t know how many training classes there will be. I guess it might never stop as we are still learning and growing in the Lord daily.

We will start with the foundation stuff and if you are willing to follow along you too will be able to experience what I have experienced by working side by side with my dad. I have gone and dug up all my old diaries and I will share with you the road on which God has taken us, the narrow road on which we still tread carefully today…

Remember to post your comments at the end. I love to hear from you.

Lesson 1

Spending time with God

One of the first things we learned was to spend time with God daily, to have discipline and get up earlier in the morning and spend a set time with God.

I want to challenge you to spend a daily set time with God. Louis Malherbe wrote a book in which he said: Get up, finish with the night, wash, dress and go and spend time with God. Resist the urge to stay in bed a bit longer. If you are serious about God and go out to meet Him, He will meet with you.

If you are seeking God with all your heart and if your heart desire is to have a real relationship with God then you have to make a decision. You have to choose to seek God with all your heart and you have to choose to spend time with God daily. Choose the amount of time you are going to spend and choose your daily time and let this be your offer to God. By offering your time to God, you are giving him a small portion of your day. We are strong believers of Tithes and if you think about it a tenth of your day is actually about 2 hours and 24 minutes. No one has that much time a day unless you are at home all day and besides that it is very difficult to spend that much time with God and stay focused on Him. We have to train our spirit to spend time with God. It does not come naturally for we are naturally dark. By choosing to spend time with God we are training our spirit to be obedient and to stay tuned into the Spirit of God longer and longer every day. So by sowing time with God you will also start to reap time.

The Bible says if we Seek God we will find Him and if we knock the door will be opened.

In Genesis 19:27 Abraham rose early in the morning to go to the place where he met with God, from here he could see Sodom and Gomorrah burn. The Hebrew word for ‘early’ is H7925 shâkam. It means to literally pick up your load, to rest your load on the shoulder. It reminds me of Jesus saying if any man wish to follow him, they should pick up their cross and follow him. (Luke 14:27).

Here are some examples of people who rose early in the morning to be with God:

Pro 8:17:  “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Mark 16:2:  “And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.”

Mark 16:9:  “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

Luke 21:38:  “And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.”

John 20:1: “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.”

Revelation 22:16 Jesus is the bright and morning star

Jesus was up before the sun even came up, He too had to spend time with his Father. He had to give up sleep and walk away from the people to go and find solitude. From personal experience I know that if you have made this decision to spend time with God every day you will sometimes get into situations where you have to take a stand and tell your sleep over friends to give you your time. This has not made me popular and people could interpret this as you being a selfish person. Even in our Guest house we have denied giving breakfast because we are giving our early morning hours to God. We provide people with continental breakfast in their rooms, to which they help themselves.

When you make this decision to give your time to God you might need to make a few changes to your life. I promise you that you will reap the fruit of this decision in no time.

My Dad has carved many statues with a clock in them. He loves teaching people that you can also sow time with God and sow time with people. Ecclesiastics says there is a time for everything.

A time to be young and a time to be Old. Lead wood carved by Ron van Zyl

We always recommend that people should spend time with God in the morning because our minds are fresh and sharp. We can quickly subdue our thoughts before the troubles of the day comes into our minds.

Go into your closet

Mat 6:6:  “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” 

Obviously now that you have made a decision on spending time with God you also need to find a place where you can do it. I have an office where I go but you can go anywhere you like. So go today and prepare your ‘inner room’ as the Bible says. We are to go into our ‘closet’ or ‘inner room’ or even ‘upper room’ to spend time with God.