God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16
How do we keep our devotional fresh, exciting and not legalistic? How do we approach our daily devotional? Let’s cut right through the chase.
The answer is simple. It only takes three steps. If you follow these, your Bible reading will never be a grind again. It amazes me how people who call themselves Christian have no interest in reading the Word of God daily! My goal for this post is to encourage you to schedule some time out of your 24 hour day to hear from the Lord through His Word.
Three simple steps:
Prepare your mind to understand what God wants for you, and open your heart to welcome His instruction. Try praying something like this:
Father, thank you for your Word. Please help me hear what Your Spirit wants to say to me through it. And please show me where I can apply it in my life. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Don’t just skim over the passage and move on. Really read it, carefully.
- Compare this verse in different Bible versions.
- Read it in the context of its full chapter.
- Listen to it in audio.
- Even share it with others and get their thoughts.
Once you’ve really listened to God’s Word, next let it speak to you. Think about what it means to your life. What should you do differently? Is there something you should stop? Maybe there’s something you could start. This is where life transformation happens.
Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. James 1:22-24