December 13, 2018
Has your time spent studying God’s Word ever felt stale? Do you sometimes wonder whether your devotions are worthwhile? Or maybe—because you don’t have much experience with regular Bible study and prayer—you just want to make sure that your devotional time is well spent. No matter what mindset you have in approaching devotions, it’s important to remember a few key steps to get the most out of your daily devotions.
As you read through these ideas for a deeper devotional life, are you seeing a theme? In all of them, I see a call to slow down. To use the words of Psalm 23, this is a way that God “leads me beside quiet waters.” When we apply these practices—praying beforehand, reading the full Scripture, doing devotions in community, applying the ideas, and entering deeply into prayer—we’ll experience what the Bible promises: “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).
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