“A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t,” said…somebody. I like it. So let’s chat about Scripture and a devotional time with God.
In a previous post I tried to entice you to have a daily morning ritual of meeting with God. But what would that look like? Here are five musts:
* Commit the time. Let’s don’t be legalistic about this thing. Your devotional time can vary according to your commute, work hours, if you have young children, and the like. So whether 5:00am, noon, or 9:00pm, just nail and plan the time. Make that time non-negotiable. You wouldn’t stand up your best friend, your spouse, or your dad, would you?
* Declare the place. Visualize right now where you’ll meet with the Lord. What room? What chair? Choose the place you’ll daily read Scripture and pray. Ideally, it should be an isolated place (Mark 1:35). That place needs to be comfortable and serene readying you to meet with your God.
* Choose your food. Ever felt starved and scanned the fridge to figure out what to eat? It’s frustrating. So don’t approach the Bible like that. Don’t wait until your devotional time to scan Scripture and decide what you’ll feast on. Be prepared the day or night before. Even better, land a long-term reading plan and stick to it. Right now, I’m reading the YouVersion Bible plan “The Bible in a year”.
* Ready your tools. Get the coffee cup out the night before and set it by the Keurig. Have the water vat filled to the rim and your k-cup ready to go. Have your journal, pen, and Bible ready and waiting. Remove every obstacle and time-stealer from your time with the Lord. And turn off your phone! Or turn off the notifications if you’re reading from your phone.
* Savor don’t Surf. You’re busy. But surfing Scripture in order to check off “Bible-reading and prayer” is a no-no. Always try to walk away with some sense of eternal perspective, deeper wonder in God, and application for your life. That won’t happen in a hurry. Furthermore, if verse four (for example) of your planned chapter reading grabs you, then by all means STOP! God is speaking! Savor it like spiritual hard candy or sweet chocolate (Tim Keller). If one verse takes all your devotional time, so be it.
What I didn’t cover above is prayer. How about praying Scripture? Find out more HERE.
How about you? What do you do? Where do you struggle? Do share. Thanks for reading!
** Post edited and updated 1/04/2017.