Now that we have entered into a love relationship with our Heavenly Father, we need to devote ourselves to Him. To know a person, you need to have regular contact with him or her. Along these same lines, if you want to have a close relationship with God, you need to “set a time” just for God every day. We want to set a time for a daily devotional.
- The Content of Our Devotional Time:
Talk with God through prayer and listen for His “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13). Prayer is a two-way conversation.
Let God speak to me through reading the Bible (Psalm 119:105).
- The Purpose of Our Devotional Time:
To spend time with God – God invites me to come to Him. (Matthew 11:28-30).
To build a love relationship with God – I share my concerns with Him and He gives me peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
To learn to obey Him – God becomes Lord of my life (Luke 6:46-49).
- The Attitude of Our Devotional Time:
What attitude should we have toward God? (Psalm 42:1-2)
Examples from the Bible:
How did these people from the Bible seek and know God? (Person-Time-Place-Activity)
Genesis 19:27 – Abraham – Morning – Met God
Meeting with God – Your Devotional Plan
Prepare and Pray:
Collect the things you need and find a time when you can consistently meet with God. Choose a place where you can meet with Him without being disturbed. Maybe even a prayer walk. God does not want you to be distracted when meeting Him. Prepare your heart through prayer by confessing your sins and asking God to forgive you in Jesus name. Ask for His Holy Spirit and wait on God. “And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45).
Seek God Through Bible Study:
Choose an easy to understand and accurate translation of the Bible. Remember that you can’t change what the Bible says, but you can change how it impacts your life. There are many good devotional books, but none can replace the Bible. The Bible is the answer to humanity’s four big questions: Where do I come from? Why do I exist? How should I live? Where will I go in the future?
Read a passage of the Bible and note the Scripture reference and what you learned from the reading. Consider using the SOS method to aide in your study. Meditate on what it Says about God’s character and how He does things. What do we need to Obey? What should I Share with others? Talk with God about what you read. Pray over each item listed above. “Be still” and listen for the “still small voice” (Psalm 46:10, 1 Kings 19:11-13). Prayer is a two-way conversation.
God Communicates with Us in Many Ways:
During your devotional time, write down your thoughts and what you sense God is saying to you. “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you…” (Deuteronomy 8:2).
Consider all the ways God speaks to us:
Dreams and visions (Acts 2:17)
A still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Through others in the body (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Circumstances (Acts 16:6-7)
Through nature and things around us (Matthew 6:26-34, Jeremiah 18:1-6)
His word (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Prayers and His Answers:
You can also write down the names and needs of those you are praying for and note answers to these prayers to encourage yourself.
Obey God. Share with others what you have learned (Matthew 5:14-16).
Additional Bible Reading:
Take other times during the day to read larger amounts of Scripture. By reading two chapters from the Old Testament and one chapter from the New Testament each day, you can read the whole Bible in about a year. Plans are available at: www.blueletterbible.org/dailyreading/index.cfm.
You have entered a love relationship with God. As with any relationship, you will want to get to know Him. Your life depends on it (John 17:3).