Many Christians have a pattern of reading the Bible or having their special quiet time with The Lord designated in their day. I would say that the most popular time of the day is either early in the morning or in the evening at bedtime. Also, many do their daily devotions from a small book filled with 365 scripture readings, one verse for every day, or they may even possibly use their Bible app or read what their youth pastor or teacher asked them to study further.
However you choose to get your daily dose of God’s Holy Word in the Bible is your choice, even if it’s opening it to a random page and reading the first verse you see. Anyone ever do that? The important thing is asking God to speak to you. He can really minister to us through the scriptures and stories in the Word. It is written by humans, but inspired by God, and is His Holy, infallible Word that does not return void (Isaiah 54/2 Tim 3:16).
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16)
As believers, we need to be plugged into the power source of the living Word and be attached to the vine of life. If we are the branches and God is the vine, that is where the living water, nutrients and life are. If we are NOT connected, just as a branch is cut from a tree or plant, it withers and dies. We don’t want to wither spiritually and we obviously as believers DO want to be connected to God, amen? (John 15)
So, the main reason I am writing this for you, PI Girls, is because it can be hard to stay disciplined in the area of reading your devotions. Here are some tips and ideas on how to help you stay plugged in with God, because apart from Him, we can’t do much of anything in our own strength, amen?
Tips on How to Keep Up with Your Devotions and Time with God
1. Set a specific time of the day you want to commit to spending with God. Corrie Ten Boom, Christian author of The Hiding Place, said, “Don’t pray when you feel like it; rather, have an appointment with God and keep it.” I love this because it is so true! We have appointments and meetings for everything in life, so why not with God? It will keep you more disciplined and focused, and you can remind yourself by putting it on your calendar!
2. Purchase a daily devotion with a 365-calendar-day verse. This will help you read a scripture a day. You can even go further if you want to go deeper and read that whole chapter, too.
3. Read in the morning with your parents or guardians. My aunt and I used to read together in the morning when I stayed with her for a little bit as a teenager. We would do our breakfast time and devotion time, and my aunt branded it “Coffee with the King” and actually later sold coffee cups and notebooks for a ministry for Africa. What a special devotion time together that I will never forget! We set that time aside for Jesus. Why? Because He is worthy! And it also sets the tone for the day. The Bible says also seek FIRST the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). We should talk to God first in the mornings…they will be much more peaceful and joyful, I promise!
4. Set an alarm on your phone. I always remind myself to do things, whether it be on a regular calendar or planner or in my phone’s notebook. We have an advantage with technology now, because not only can we set alarms, buy apps and read books on our phones, but we are also able to share God’s Word with friends online and via social media! Gotta love cell phones for this reason, amen?
5. Download a free Bible app. If you want to download a Bible app, there are many versions, and I would say regarding translations of the Bible, stick to the King James, New King James and NIV (most well known). There are other good ones, too, but the most common are these and the Living English translations. If you don’t own a Bible, either your church may hand out free ones to new believers or you can download the Bible app for free! Also, JUCE TV has a devotion plan on their free app, which is cool because you can watch shows that are archived, get a word for the day and read a verse! If you download the Bible app, there are many plans that you can choose to do. There is a daily devotion and even yearly reading plans! So cool! I hope that this helps you!
PI Girls, what is your Bible-reading routine like? Comment below!
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