Posted by: prosperingchristians | December 15, 2016

Devotional Time with God

 

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As Christians, we should spend time with God each day, meditating on the word to develop a relationship with him.  The Bible says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success,” Joshua 1: 8.  We should try to spend this time with God at the same time every day.  The Bible says, “To the faithful, you show yourself faithful,”  Psalm 18:25.  The time should be spent alone so that we can focus on hearing God’s voice.

The devotion time should include an organized study plan so that there is some continuity into what we are doing.  Also, the devotional should have Bible verses included in the readings so that you can read and ponder them.  2 Timothy 2:15 says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Therefore, find a Bible Study plan where you read the entire Bible in a year, or a book of devotionals such as My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  In the back of this book is a concordance if you need to research a topic.  There are devotionals you can listen to online, such as Devotions with Max Lucado, at www.maxlucado.com.

It is helpful to take notes and even keep a journal on the things that God is putting on your heart.  Also, keep track of answered prayers and any thoughts you may have about the study.  You will be amazed at how God answered your prayers, and how you are growing in the Lord.

We should always pray before each lesson, asking God to open our hearts and minds so that we can understand and retain the knowledge.  At the end, we should say a prayer to ask God to help us apply the knowledge to our lives – what do we need to do, to stop doing and to do better?  In this way, we can truly grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  James 1:5 says, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

As you read and study the devotions, God will put things on your heart for you to pray about.  If there is anything that you need clarification on, just ask God through your prayers to help you understand it.  If you do not receive an answer right away, keep praying until you get the answer.

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