As followers of Christ, God’s Word should flow through our lives like a stream of fresh water. As it refreshes us, we should then refresh others.
We can elevate this to a job description for the pastor or Bible study leader, or we can embrace it as a way of life for all Christians. Between the gaps of consistent formal instruction, we each have many opportunities to tell others what we are learning in our daily quiet times. Continue reading “4 Ways To Tell Others What You Are Learning In Your Quiet Times”
Sometimes the pressure to be perfect at a task works against us. Our daily devotions are no different. We want to please God in the way that we spend time with Him. And since our efforts often fall short of our expectations, we can easily get discouraged. But take heart. It’s okay if your daily devotions are less than perfect. God still loves you. He still extends His grace and mercy to you. And the desire you feel in your heart to spend time with God is a reminder that His Spirit is at work within you.
If you’re feeling distant from God to the extent that you struggle to read the Bible or pray, here are 3 suggestions: Continue reading “Dealing With Discouragement In Your Daily Devotions”
We’ve all been there. We start out praying only to realize that we’ve spent the last fifteen minutes wondering if Lee Harvey Oswald really acted alone.
I’m not talking about group prayer meetings where we each get a chance to be “on stage.” I’m referring to the times when we get alone with God and tell Him what’s on our heart.
Some Christians think of prayer as a silent, boring, and mysteriously telepathic exercise. While God hears everything, even our thoughts, we’re not wired to communicate in this way. If silent prayer isn’t working for you, why not just pray out loud? Continue reading “3 Benefits of Praying Out Loud”
If you want consistency in your daily devotions, it’s helpful to have a plan. And to keep from becoming discouraged, you should plan on being flexible.
You don’t have to script out every detail. But if you wake up in a different world every day, you’re increasing the likelihood that distractions will throw you off course. And if you’re too rigid, you’ll miss the pleasant surprises that often accompany the unexpected.
I learned the value of both many years ago during an impromptu weekend getaway. Continue reading “Planning for Flexibility in Your Daily Devotions”
I’m not aware of a single Bible verse that commands us to have a daily quiet time. So if we’re looking for an excuse, we may be off the hook. And if we’re struggling with guilt over this practice, maybe we shouldn’t. After all, isn’t that a terrible motive for spending time with someone?
On the other hand, why wouldn’t we choose to spend at least a few minutes of dedicated time with God every day? Why would we tell the world that Jesus is the most important person in our lives while secretly treating Him like a stranger? I don’t want to discourage anyone. But I have to ask a question: Are we attempting to follow someone that we don’t enjoy being alone with? Continue reading “The Quiet Time: Legalistic Rule or Helpful Tool?”
How would your devotional life be different if you read the Bible expecting to find real treasure? The psalmist seems to have that attitude in mind when he says that God’s law is “better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Psalm 119:72)
What do you think? Is that just poetry? Or is it possible to cultivate a love for God’s Word that exceeds our desire for material wealth? And if it’s possible, what qualities must we have to routinely find treasure in the Bible? Continue reading “Do You Possess These 4 Qualities of a Bible Treasure Hunter?”
Adam could teach us a lot about desiring God. He probably woke up every morning wondering if this would be the day that God would restore him to the Garden.
If we’re not troubled by a lack of intimacy with God, it may be that we don’t know what we’re missing. But Adam knew. And it must have haunted him every day. Continue reading “What Adam Could Teach Us About Desiring God”
Consistency in the devotional life is all about the present. It’s the humble acknowledgment that our Creator must be central in our lives today.
It’s not that we need God’s help; it’s that we are completely helpless without God.
If we truly believe this, then we must make a decision: Will we seek Him today, or will we let other people and circumstances set our priorities? Continue reading “Have You Made This Critical Quiet Time Decision?”
The most important discovery I ever made about the daily quiet time is that God provides a wealth of instant help. By “instant,” I mean – always available, whenever we want it, whenever we ask. As we read the Bible, we have the awesome privilege of asking God to make it come alive in our hearts.
There is a difference between casually reading the Bible during our quiet times and a more intensive Bible study. The focus of this article and this website is the daily quiet time. The suggestions below are not intended to take the place of digging deeper and applying good principles of interpretation. And I strongly believe in surrounding ourselves with good Bible teachers and scholarly resources. But no matter when we approach the Scriptures, we should develop the habit of asking for God’s help, as is modeled in Psalm 119.
If you want to get the most from your daily Bible reading, consider adding some, or all, of the following 7 prayer requests to your quiet time. Continue reading “7 Prayer Requests That Will Instantly Improve Your Daily Quiet Time”
If you’ve been inconsistent in meeting with God, could it be that you’ve added some unnecessary “requirements” to your daily quiet time? It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Unfortunately, it’s even easier to not begin at all.
I find it helpful to break a quiet time into two steps. First, listen to God. Second, respond to God. Continue reading “How to Have a Quiet Time in 2 Easy Steps”