Love and devotion:
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 19:13)
Let God speak to me through reading the Bible (Psalms 119:105)
- The purpose of our devotional time:
To worship God – God welcomes me (Matthew 11:28-30)
To build a love relationship with God – we share our concerns (Philippians 4:6)
To obey Him – I welcome God to be the Lord of my life (Luke 6:46-49)
- The attitude of our devotional time:
What attitude does the psalmist have toward God? (Psalms 42:1-2)
Examples from the Bible:
How did these people from the Bible seek and know God? (Verse – Person – Time – Place – Activity.)
Genesis 19:27 – Abraham – Morning – Met God
Psalms 5:3 –
Daniel 6:10 –
Mark 1:35 –
Suggestions and Tools for Your Spiritual Life and Study Time:
Write down the Scripture reference, read it, and write what you learned from the reading. Meditate on the verse. What does it reveal about God’s character and the way He does things? What do I need to obey? 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?
Start a Journal: God speaks to us in many different ways:
- Dreams and visions: (Acts 2:17)
- A still small voice: (1 Kings 19:12-13)
- Through others in the body: (Exodus 18:21-23)
- Circumstances: (Acts 16:6-7)
- Through nature and the things around us: (Matthew 6:26-34; Jeremiah 18:1-6)
- His word: (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 8:20)
Pen and Note Pad: During your devotional time, write down your thoughts and what you sense God is saying to you. “You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you…” (Deuteronomy 8:2). You can also write down the names and needs of those you are praying for. Also, note answers to these prayers to encourage yourself.
- Place: Choose a place where you can meet with God without being disturbed. Maybe prayer walks. God does not want you to be distracted when meeting Him.
- Time: Find the most appropriate time where you can consistently meet with God.
- Plan: Begin using “Discover Lessons”, “Blue Letter Bible”, or “Digital Studies” available at https://www.Actsforgod.org, or a Bible-based book to read at your own rate, and then meditate, record, pray, and obey. Experiencing God by Richard and Henry Blackaby is a great place to start. Available at: https://www.Lifeway.com.
You have learned the foundation of God’s Word of Truth. Now it’s time to start building your love relationship upon the deeper things of God. (Hebrews 6:1-2)
Getting Ready to Meet with God – Your Devotional Plan:
- Pray: “Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:18)
- Prepare: Collect the things you need and find a quiet place. Prepare your heart and wait on God. Confess your sins. Ask God to forgive you in Jesus’ name. Ask for His Spirit.
- Seek God: Read a Scripture portion. Use the SOS method. 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.” Prayer is a two-way conversation. (Psalms 46:10, 1 Kings 19:11-13) “But seek first His kingdom…” (Matthew 6:33)
- Follow Through: Obey God. Share with others what you have learned. (Matthew 24:14)
- Additional reading: Take other times during the day (now or before bed) 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 available at https://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)