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?”
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?”
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”
I have chosen to seek God every day. But that’s not how my story began.
For much of my Christian life I was inconsistent in my daily quiet times. I had seasons of success. But there were many gaps. And some of the gaps were long.
Was I a stealth Christian during those years? No. I shared my faith. I served in a campus ministry. I even spent a few years on the mission field. I needed a close walk with God. I just didn’t have one.
Was I unaware of my need? No. As a new believer, I learned that it was important to read the Bible and pray every day. But as time went on, church activities became a substitute for intimacy with Christ. I met a few people who walked closely with God. But that was not my experience or even the experience of most of my friends. It seemed that the daily quiet time, or the lack of one, was just as likely to produce feelings of guilt in Christians as spiritual growth. Something was wrong. Continue reading “My Journey: Getting Personal with God”