How I usually do devotions:
The whole point of me writing this is to merely be an example, and so that I can be transparent with you guys, my readers. My time with God lately has been so good, and it's been the main thing on my mind, hence why I wanted to write about it. This post is going to offer some helpful hints and advice on making your own devotions special and suited to your own individual needs.
Having your own personal devotional time is so, so, so super important for any believer. Even if it's just five minutes a day during your lunch break, having time spent specifically with God will do wonders for your spiritual walk. How will you ever grow as a Christian if you don't actually spend time utilizing the wonderful gift God has given His followers - the ability to come to Him whenever we want to talk about whatever we want, so that we can form an intimate relationship with God the Father? Isn't that what makes being a Christian so wonderful, that it is a relationship and not just a religion with a set of rules?
I believe that having a set, daily devotion time is a part of what allows teens and young adults to stick with their faith and continue going to church as they grow up. There comes a point when being spoon fed ideas about faith is not enough anymore, and we need to learn how to learn on our own - that is the difference from being a passive, uncommitted Christian, and being on fire for Christ.
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When should you have devotions, and for how long??
However, I did my devotions at night for about half a year once, and it was really nice to end my day with God. There is nothing like knowing that, even after you have a crazy day, God is always there for you to help you wrap it all up. Eventually though, I got so tired in the evenings that by the time I went to my room for the night, I preferred to go right to sleep instead of spending another 30 minutes praying and reading my Bible (I know, that's horrible, but my point here is to be honest.)
Where should you have devotions??
So, just go someplace that's comfortable - maybe a nice chair or your kitchen table?
What should you do for devotions??
This is how my time usually goes:
- I normally start off with a quick prayer, asking God to reveal Himself to me that day, along with whatever else I want to pray about during that season of my life.
- Then, I jump into my Jesus Calling journal/devotion book. This book has been SO helpful in the past few months. My church gave it to me during our annual graduation Sunday, and I am so thankful that they did! I had been meaning to buy it for a while, but for some reason I never got around to it. It seems like the entry for the day always speaks to what I'm going through at that moment, and God has definitely used it in remarkable ways in my life. This one even has a spot for journaling! Some of its main themes are peace and joy, which is what I have been focusing on recently, so it's been really neat to delve into what God has to say about those topics. If I had bought one months before I received one of my own, I probably could have already been feeling daily joy!
- Next, I read out of some devotion plans on my Bible app (I recommend YouVersion) because it's full of great resources and the devotion entries are quick and simple to read.
- I then work on my Bible reading plan on my Bible app. I used to read just random books, but I like focusing on reading through the entire Bible (which I did in a year, ending last May). I don't think I'll read it in a year this time around, but I like looking at the app for my progress. I recommend also using a physical Bible sometimes (the ESV version is awesome and easy to understand!), since having it right in front of you, on paper, is really nice (not to mention, how Christians have been reading the Bible for centuries.) If you don't have one, I highly suggest getting one so that you can highlight and take notes in it. Technology is wonderful in letting us carry a Bible with us wherever we go, but sometimes you need to go the more traditional route.
- My only drawback with reading through the Bible in a year is how long it takes each day. Plus, I was going through it chronologically, so I would be stuck in books like 1 and 2 Chronicles for weeks, and there's only so much genealogy a person can handle in one sitting. It's important to read those books - it's just hard to do so all at once. I also see the importance in being able to eventually say in ten years that you've read the Bible ten times all the way through, along with others passages that the Spirit leads you to during your studies. (I don't want my time spent reading the Bible to feel like a chore.)
- Then, I work on memorizing scripture, because I believe that it is an important discipline to work on. Right now, I'm trying to memorize all of the book of Philippians, one verse at a time. What you do is read a verse ten times, then recite it from memory (preferably out loud) ten times. Each day, you recite the previous verses and add a new one. Personally, this is a lot of fun to me, and so far I am half way through Philippians chapter one. Next, I will probably do Romans, but that is going to take a long time. But, in a few years when I have memorized multiple chapters and/or books of the Bible, I will be grateful for how I spent my time as a college student. (It will definitely come in handy on the mission field.)
- Lastly, I end with prayer :)
Your devotion time may look different, and by no means is this perfect or where I want it to be at, but it works for my schedule right now, so I am going to stick with it.
How long should your devotions last?
When you are starting off, you might want to start off small - five or ten minutes possibly. Then, after a week or two, up it by five or ten more minutes until you are where you need/want to be.
I find it funny, though, that we (myself included) don't spend more time with the Creator of the universe. We (sometimes) easily fork over a ten percent tithe, but don't spend ten percent of our other most valuable resource, time, with God. And that would be 2.4 hours a day! I would love to be able to do that, wouldn't you?
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