How to Know God Through Daily Devotions
A New Year…A New Intimacy with God? Do you really know God personally? Learn how to know God through Daily Devotions.
How Do You Get to Know God?
You can learn how to know God through Daily Devotions. God has shown Himself to us through His word and we can go directly to Him in prayer. He wants us to have fellowship with Him. Remember Martha and Mary. Martha was swept away in her busyness of doing and even jealous of Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet while she worked. Jesus’ response was clear that Mary had chosen well. Read His words here.
God wants us to come to Him with a pure heart by making Him the most important part of our day. He wants us to come to Him with a circumcised heart meaning we need to cut away the busyness of our lives that keeps us from spending time with God.
How do I know what God wants? He tells us in His word, The Holy Bible, about His desire for fellowship with us. He also tells us He knows life will try to keep us from our time with Him. Things of the world will always get in the way and we need to make our intimate time with God a treasure in our day.
Spend Time Getting to Know God through Daily Devotions
Do I always find my time for personal devotions? Sadly no. My husband and I now have our habit of a couple’s devotion firmly established and it has been a blessing. This year I want to add my own private time with God. Writing for you helps me to focus on God in every detail of my life as a Christian wife. A private time with God will help me to prepare for my writing.
Developing Your Habit and Making Time
When we began our morning devotions as a couple three years ago, we found ourselves distracted on weekends and holidays. It was also easy to skip devotions when we were unexpectedly kept up late the night before. Our first step was to catch up at other times of the day or to do extra on a quiet weekend. Eventually, we have developed the habit of putting devotions first even on weekends and holidays. We wouldn’t think of breakfast until we have spent time with God.
Establishing your time for devotions is not about finding time. You will never find it. You must make time. It is a sacrifice of time. I have had success in the past, for a while, but I am ready to commit. I’ll let you know how I am doing a few months down the road.
I already know from our couple time together that I will need to put it before another habit I already have. I like to take a break in my day before my husband comes home so I can be refreshed for him. I may be able to make my devotions my break time as time with God is refreshing. I know it will take commitment at first and perseverance when life gets in the way.
How Do You Spend Time With God?
First, you need a routine to structure your time. I find devotional books that give me a daily topic are helpful. There are many available. Studying a topic or a book of the Bible is another good way to structure a devotional time. Reading through the Bible using different translations is another idea.
To develop the habit, I like to follow a dated devotional to keep my commitment. You can find devotionals online. They keep going and can’t be put away like a book. It is like exercising with someone else instead of alone. Just be sure it is based on the Word of God.
Read, Write, Respond
Any devotional time must have a plan. An old saying goes if you aim at nothing you’ll hit it every time. The first step is to read. Next, guided by your devotional book, online guide, or your own reading plan, write down your thoughts, questions, and insights.
I like to find God’s promise(s) to us in each reading. This came from a devotional guide we did on the New Testament. Now I see His promises whenever I am in His word.
Write down the application of the passage to you personally and note anything it is telling you to do. I like to write ACTION in the margin and NTS(Note To Self) in the margin when I find something I want to spot easily later.
Write down any questions you have. Go back now and then to see how they have been answered. Sometimes we are not meant to know the answer and sometimes it takes time for a question to be answered.
Lastly but most importantly, respond to the passage you have read. It could be a decision, action or prayer but He will usually let you know what He wants.
Prayer is a Cornerstone of Your Daily Devotions
Prayer is your private conversation with God. Find a quiet place (as quiet as a busy household will allow) and make it known you are not to be disturbed barring true emergencies. Let them know this is your private time with God. My children are grown but I remember locking myself in the bathroom for alone time.
The Lord’s Prayer is our pattern and much is written about prayer in the Bible. Start by praying for His wants first, then thanksgiving, then asking for our needs within His will.
Be specific. God wants to be invited into our lives and our problems. He also has a sense of humor. A friend at church was concerned that his daughter had not found a husband. He asked us to pray that she would find a very special man and she soon did. He was from Hawaii and they now are living there. He jokes that he forgot to ask us to pray for someone who lived closer.
Don’t forget to let your Spirit talk directly to God without your words getting in the way and don’t forget to listen. Prayer is a conversation; a two-way conversation.
Daily Devotions have Great Results in Your Life
When motivated by the love for God and wanting to know Him intimately, the discipline of daily devotions produces much fruit in your life. Here’s the list of the fruits of the Spirit. Over time, spending regular time with God will develop more love, peace, and joy in your life. It will increase your forgiveness and patience.
You will find freedom from the guilt of mistakes and from the past hurts you have harboured. Honoring God through giving His portion back and the wise use of your money will come easier. You will want to take your place in the body of Christ.
Follow me as I strive to add a new dimension of intimacy with God to my life through my personal daily devotions. I will let you know of any devotional plans or systems I find useful. You can find more news and insights for a fulfilling life as a Christian wife in our FREE weekly newsletter..Click Here to Subscribe
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