4 Simple Tips for Daily Devotions
Bible reading and prayer… it’s the meat and potatoes of the Christian life. Although honestly, I don’t eat a lot of meat and potatoes, so maybe that’s a bad analogy. The point is: A daily devotion time is a basic necessity for a healthy Christian life. It’s the backbone of spiritual growth. It’s what grounds our daily perspective, and keeps our eyes fixed on eternal things (Psalm 119:36-37). I need it, you need it, we all need it.
I am sure you’ve found methods and tools to help your quiet time (as we often call it); here are 4 simple thoughts that have helped mine:
# 1 Fight for it!
There’s always a reason to push aside quality prayer and Bible time. If it’s not school and homework, it’s a busy work season, or a demanding ministry schedule, or the craziness of raising children, or a tired body, or just a lack in discipline. How often we’ve all thought, “In the near future, it will get easier, and then I will prioritize my spiritual disciplines.” And I imagine we’ve all realized that the magical season never arrives.
When it comes down to it, if we want to have good daily quiet times, we have to buckle down and fight for it! Of course, we rely on God’s strength to do so, but still, we’ve got to decide that today is the day our time with God will become the priority it should be.
#2 Get accountability.
Accountability is key. We might have good intentions but following through is another story. I know for me accountability is especially crucial for the long haul! There may be a season in which I’m able to maintain a good routine, but eventually it gets harder, and that’s when the benefit of accountability kicks in. That’s when iron really sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17).
Practically speaking, I have found it extremely helpful to have a friend (or 2) that I text each day. I don’t give a minute-by-minute report of my quiet time. I just check in to let them know I accomplished my goals for the day. (Sometimes it’s as simple as sending a particular emoji that’s code for “I did it!”). And I expect my friend to lovingly nudge me when those texts don’t keep coming in.
#3 Switch it up.
Getting in a routine rut is never helpful for quiet times, so I like to switch things up. The switch can be as simple as a different room or chair. Sometimes I like to read my Bible on a phone app so I can digitally highlight and organize my highlights into categories. But then again sometimes I like the old-school hard copy Bible. I often use a Bible memorization app, as well as an app that organizes prayers. But writing things out is often helpful too. I like prayer walks, or I like typing up my prayers. Basically, it’s all good stuff.
Find what works well, get creative when you aren’t as fully engaged as you should be, and keep going one way or another!
#4 Be actively involved in ministry.
Initially ministry might sound unrelated to devotion time. However, ministry is one of the most powerful motivations for staying grounded in spiritual disciplines. When you know someone is looking to you, learning from you, being held accountable by you, you’ll want to stay a couple of spiritual steps ahead. Ministry forces you to know God’s word better and to live it out more. Not to mention, teaching God’s word in any capacity will get you in your Bible more and get you to depend on prayer more.
All that to say, if you want a good quiet time, meaningful ministry at your church will benefit your quiet time. I know it has for mine.
Whether you think of your devotion time as the meat and potatoes of the Christian life, or maybe you’ll join me in thinking of it as the necessary coffee and chocolate of life, either way, let’s keep prioritizing this daily and essential habit!
Heather Pace has been married to her favorite person since 2004, and has been a pastor’s wife since 2005. She lives in Southern California where she spends her days partnering with her husband in ministry, raising her 4 daughters, and doing lots of domestic stuff. She loves God’s word, she loves teaching God’s word, and she loves writing about the practical matters of Christian living. You can connect with Heather on her blog: Truth4Women.com. Or you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.