Christians follow a discipline that helps them grow closer to God each day. It’s commonly called having a “quiet time” or “devotional time” with God. This discipline, practiced every day, will help you to think and act more like Jesus. Doesn’t that sound great? No matter when or where we start, we should never stop growing.
Here are some suggestions that will guide you in growing closer to God each day.
1. Select a regular place and time for your devotions. You should allow at least 15-30 minutes for your quiet time. Soon you’ll discover this may not be enough time, especially when you start connecting well with God. The best time for your devotion is up to you. Jesus met with the Father early in the morning (Mark 1:35). Select a place where you won’t be disturbed by phone, computer, TV, or other distractions. Where and when will you have your daily devotions?
Where: ____________________________ When: ______________________________
2. Make mental and physical preparations before each devotional time. This is a time you’re setting aside to focus special attention on your Savior and Lord. He is the creator and sustainer of the universe and deserves your undivided attention! You should be mentally alert and able to concentrate on what God may be saying to you during this time. If distractions occur, pray for God’s help and write down what distracted you, so you can deal with it later. This will get it out of your head and allow you to focus again. Also, you should be physically alert for your devotions. Have them when you are at your best.
3. Have the right devotional tools with you.In order to have the best quiet time, you will need your devotional resources. Here are some important tools to have on hand.
A. A Bible
B. A devotional book
C. A journal (for taking notes), pen, and highlighter
4. Follow a certain plan for your devotional time. Each person’s devotional time with God will look a little different, but there will be some things in common. Here is a suggested format to begin your devotional time.
A. Gather what you need before you start.
B. Seek to be calm and focus your thoughts on God. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NIV).
C. Begin by reading a passage from the Bible. You may want to follow a reading plan or select a book of the Bible that interests you. The Gospel of John is a favorite starting place for many Christians. We have a reading plan for the New Testament if you have Facebook (“Read Through The New Testament”) or Twitter (ReadTheNT). If you “like” or “follow” them you will receive your daily reading.
D. Ask and answer four questions as you read the Bible passage. It’s a good idea to write each question in your journal and then answer it as you read.
i. What does the passage say?
ii. What does the passage mean?
iii. How can I apply it to my life? What needs to change in my life?
iv. What do I not understand?
Write in your journal the Bible reference you are reading, the questions, and the answers you supply. Write down what you believe God is telling you. You may have a lot of questions as you begin reading. That’s OK. It’s normal. Write your questions down. Take your questions to a Christian friend or minister.
Share with others what you are learning. God wants to use these insights and blessings to impact the lives of other
Obey God immediately. When God reveals something to you, obey Him promptly. Delayed or partial obedience is disobedience. Jesus defined love for Him as obedience (John 14:15).
Tell God you will begin having a daily devotional time with Him.
Dear God, I am excited you want to meet with me and help me become more like Your Son, Jesus. I will be faithful to meet with You each day. I love You and will do my part in striving to become like Jesus. Amen.