The Christian life is not about a set of religious rituals and going through the motions each Sunday. Instead, walking with Jesus is all about relationship. When we become a follower of Jesus, growing that relationship with Christ is the most important spiritual endeavor for us to pursue. All relationships have one ingredient that inspires growth – TIME. Just as a dating relationship requires time spent together for the couple to grow closer and a marriage needs time invested between the husband and the wife, so to our relationship with Jesus demands time invested in the relationship for closeness to occur. Intentional time. Dedicated time. Devotional time. Daily Devotions time.
Here are five reasons why you need to discipline yourself to spend a time of daily devotions with the Lord:
1. Daily Devotions are Essential for Connection
Since our walk with Christ is all about relationship, our daily devotional time allows us to connect with the Lord in meaningful ways consistently. This closeness will enable us to talk with Him, and He to us. We can share what is on our heart by praying, and He will share with us what is on His heart through our time in the Bible and the Holy Spirit illuminating our hearts to the truth of who God is and what He is doing. Through this time of growing our relationship with Christ, we will experience a deeper love for God, a more significant appreciation for what Christ did for us when He died on the cross for our sins, and a stronger relationship with our heavenly Father who loves us and has a plan for our life. Without this time of devotion, our relationship will weaken as the world bombards us and pulls us away from our walk with the Lord. The Apostle Paul says it this way:
“I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11, NIV).
Paul wanted to know Christ and everything about Him in a personal, relational way. That connection comes through consistently spending time with Jesus through a daily devotion.
2. Daily Devotions are Essential for Direction
The truth is, we are not as smart as we think we are. Issues are going to come up in life when we wonder what to do. Which direction should we go? What choice should we make? What does God want us to do for a living? When is it time to change jobs? How is God calling us to serve Him? These are just some of the many decisions that we face and will continue to face. Where do you go for answers? How do you know which choice to make? God will show us which path to take, and He will show us which direction to go. But first, we need to ask Him, then, we need to listen to Him. We strengthen our communion with God and our listening to Him through an ongoing conversation with Him. Daily devotions provide an avenue for that interaction to be consistent and growing. We need direction, and God wants to provide that direction.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV).
How do we hear those plans? We ask the Lord to show them to us and listen for His response during our daily devotions. God has a direction for you to take. Learn to listen to His guidance.
3. Daily Devotions are Essential for Correction
Everyone gets off track sometimes. Every Christian has habits that need to be adjusted, attitudes that need to change, and growth that needs to occur. Romans 8:29 teaches, we are being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. God highlights the areas of our life that need correction by bringing the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon our heart. Our daily devotions give God the opportunity to point out areas that He wants to change in you. When Isaiah came into the presence of God, Isaiah’s response was:
“Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5, NASB).
Isaiah’s sin and the sin of the people became evident when Isaiah stepped into the presence of God. When we step into the presence of God during our daily devotions, our sinful acts will become apparent, like sunlight reflecting off dust. By His grace, we can confess them, turn away from them, and grow in to be more like Christ.
4. Daily Devotions are Essential for Refreshment
The world is continually trying to beat us up and tear us down. Sometimes in life, we feel attacked and defeated. Where can we go to be healed? Where we you go to be rejuvenated? Where can we go to be refreshed and renewed? We step into the presence of the Lord. He will bring healing when we are hurt, encouragement when we feel defeated, and renewal when we feel depleted. This refilling from the Lord happens in our daily devotional time.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings life eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31, ESV).
Being replenished with the joy, peace, and strength of the Lord comes from being in His presence in an intentional way. Daily devotions accomplish this for us.
5. Daily Devotions are Essential for Worship
God is worthy of our worship, adoration, and devotion. He deserves our heart pouring out praise to Him. This act should happen more than just on Sundays when we gather at the church to worship. It should happen in our personal walk with the Lord. Our daily devotions gives us the chance to praise God often. He deserves it, and it blesses us.
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship (Romans 12:1, HCSB).
God deserves our continual worship. A daily devotional time reminds us that we should be intentional about pouring out our worship to the Lord consistently. We need to spend time with the Lord every day. We will be blessed. God will grow us through it. And, spiritual progress made in our life.
Take you Bible. Find a quiet place. You may bring a devotional guide with you, an online devotion or sign up to receive devotions by email. Spend time in God’s Word. Spend time in prayer. Spend time with the Lord. Our Christian life will never be the same once we develop this discipline in our life.