Regular reading of the Word is key in our relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But how can your devotionals be more than checking off something on your list of things to do? Here’s some pointers to help you have a devotional that’s out of this world!
1) Always start with thanksgiving and praise.
In Psalm 100, we are instructed to enter His courts with thanksgiving. Before you even crack open the pages of the Bible, start with a prayer of gratitude. Thank Him for what He is doing in your life. Adore God and praise Him for who He is.
2) Ask the Holy Spirit to come inside you.
Of course as believers we have the indwelling of the Spirit. However intentionally asking the Spirit to enter you and fill you to overflowing and to give you wisdom and insight while you read the Scriptures is extremely important.
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3) Practice the presence of Jesus.
Remember that Jesus is right beside you. Imagine He is there. I love how Brother Lawrence in “Practicing the Presence of Jesus” describes his experience practicing this. Why, he found even washing dishes was a worshipful experience!
4) Whenever possible, include others.
Jesus said “Where two or more are gathered, there am I with them.” Jesus’ power and presence is realized in a special way when you join in community. Family devotionals, couples’ devotionals, and devotionals among friends is powerful and effective.
5) Journal your reading.
Purchase a blank journal or notebook at the store. Use a special pen, too! Ask simple questions, like “What does God say about [whatever topic you are studying]” and “What is my response?”
6) Listen to instrumental music while you are having your devotional.
Music will help you focus, especially if you are new to having devotionals. Instrumental, worshipful music won’t distract you as much as music with vocals. I like to listen to soundtracks like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia. Classical music is great, too!
7) When you’re done reading and journaling, spend some time talking to God about what you learned.
Then humble yourself before Him and confess how you’ve failed Him. Surrender whatever you’re holding back from Him or what might be consuming you like fear, worry, etc. Then spend time lifting up others before God. After that, pray for you and your needs. End the quiet time with thanksgiving and praise.
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