Jesus's Time with His Father
I think the model here is the Lord Jesus. He spent time with his disciples, teaching and praying with them. But we read often in the Gospels that he would get up early in the morning and go away to a quiet place to spend time with his Father. He was clearly spending time in prayer with him, hearing from his Father, and meditating on the Old Testament.
So I think the Lord Jesus is our great example, but he's also our great encourager. He's the one who encourages us not just to say the Lord's Prayer together at church, but also to go to our room, to shut the door, and to pray to our Father in heaven. I think that's the most explicit part of the Bible that we have that would encourage us toward a personal time with the Lord, and we have our Savior, the Lord Jesus, setting that example for us.
Jonathan Gibson is the author of Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship.
One day of structured content from the 31-day liturgical guide Be Thou My Vision to help you in your daily worship.
Given that liturgy concerns the order of worship elements in a church service, it’s not whether a church has a liturgy; it’s just which liturgy the church has.
It's not whether or not you're going to have a liturgy for your daily quiet time, it's just which kind of liturgy you're going to have.
Jonathan Gibson talks about why liturgy can be such a powerful force for good in the life of the Christian when rightly understood and practiced.