Why is daily devotion vital to spiritual growth?
As consumption of physical nourishment is essential for physical survival, we need spiritual nourishment for spiritual vitality. We are exhorted to crave pure spiritual milk like newborn babies so that by it we may grow up in our salvation (1 Peter 2:2). In sum, unless we learn to feed ourselves with God’s Word, we cannot grow up spiritually.
When is the best time to do daily devotion?
- Find a time that you will have least amount of interruption–morning is usually the best time to start your day with God.
- Prioritize 30 minutes to an hour of your day as a time to be alone with God’s Word.
- The key is to keep this time with God on a daily basis.
- Having a small group of people with whom you commit to do daily devotion together is an effective way to develop consistent devotion time.
What do I need?
- Bible (translation of your choice)
How do I go about doing daily devotion?
- What is journaling? Journaling is the art of reflecting on one’s inner life based on a particular incident, a feeling, a recurring issue, or a prompting and connecting this to one’s relationship with God.
- How does journaling help your spiritual life? The process of spiritual growth engages all the faculties of your soul (your 5 physical senses, emotions, mind, will, and spirit). We need to pause daily to reflect on how we have responded to a certain situation, how we interacted with others, or how we feel inside and identify the reasons behind the feeling. Then we need to process these incidents in light of God’s Word. The key is to connect our daily life with its joys, surprises, disappointments, incidents, regrets, and sins with God’s promises and the reality of our personal relationship with God.
- How do I journal? Spend about 10 minutes per day starting with the word “YESTERDAY.” Follow this with a paragraph or two about what happened yesterday or how you felt. (1)Journal based on feelings and processing the feeling in light of the Gospel. Yesterday, I felt _________ (sad, angry, guilty, anxious, disappointed, frustrated, irritated, etc). Explore the reasons behind the feeling and write about what would be the appropriate way to process that feeling in light of God’s Word. Write also about how God maybe using what you are going through to draw you closer to Him. (2)Journal based on a recent issue. Reflect on a significant interaction or event this past week that you don’t feel settled about: What did you learn about yourself? What were you corrected about? What did you discover about yourself through this correction? Why did you do what you did? Reflect on how else could you have responded to that situation?
- Read the assigned text several times without stopping.
- In the second or third reading, pause on key words, phrases, or verses that speak to your heart, address an area of your life, or highlight God’s characteristic, principle, or promise.
- Utilize the commentary provided to gain knowledge of the background of the text and explanation of words, phrases, or verses.
- Utilize the reflection questions provided to get deeper into the text and examine areas of your life you may not otherwise confront. Choose a subset of questions each day to primarily focus on; if there is time, move on to other subsets.
- Choose a verse or multiple verses from the text and commit to memory.
- Develop a system that works best for you . For example, you can start with one or two verses a week and write it out on a flashcard and carry it with you to memorize and review.
- Spend some time in prayer after each day’s devotion time:
- 1)Adoration – praise God for who He is and acknowledge His claim over your life;
- 2) Thanksgiving – thank him for specific things;
- 3) Confession – confess and repent of sins needing Christ’s forgiveness & cleansing;
- 4) Supplication – commitment to do what God is asking you to do and pray for others in need.