It has been said, “lf you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it!” To keep and have meaningful daily devotions, it will really help to plan ahead some kind of general outline to follow for your quiet time. It could be something as simple as the well known acronym ACTSS.
- Adoration. Giving praise to God for who He is…Adore Him!
- Confession. Acknowledge the sin in your life and ask for forgiveness. He is faithful to forgive…and forget!
- Thanksgiving. Give thanks for all He’s done for you…and all He is doing for You now and in the future.
- Supplication. Tell Him what you need to live right – grace, peace…and whatever physical needs you have such as healing. Also, intercede for others who need help from God.
- Silence. Make an effort to simply listen to what God is telling you.
Start with Pray
Ask for God’s help in removing the distractions so that you can focus on Him and His Word. This will help to prepare you for a more effective time with God. Start your devotional time by welcoming him, like you would a friend into your home. Pray for God to speak to you in your time with Him and your time in His Word and believe by faith He will answer you. (Psalm 139:23-24; 119:18).
Daily devotions are a form of worship. Offer God praise and worship. You might sing a hymn or praise chorus, or read a Psalm of adoration. Recite a poem, dance, paint, thank God for the things He does in your life. There are many ways to praise God. Be creative. He loves your worship! (Psalm 43:4, 92:1, 100:4, 105:1-2)
Whether it is a daily devotional, reading a chapter in the bible or a scripture reference book. Whatever the Lord is putting on your heart to read, is good as long as you have a scripture or passage in God’s word. Read slowly, systematically (not randomly) and read only a small amount. If you are on a Bible in a year reading plan then after you have finished your assigned reading choose a smaller portion of Scripture that you just read to review again more devotionally. You might want to try reading out loud as if the Lord were speaking to you personally. As you read, ask yourself what is being said in this passage. Who was it written for? What is the main thought of the passage? (Keep in mind what was said in the preceding sections.) Is there a particular truth that stands out to you? Is there a command to obey or an example to follow? Does this passage warn or caution you about something? How can this impact you as you live each day? What can you do differently in your life that will demonstrate the impact of this passage on you? (2 Timothy 3: 15-17, Matthew 22:29)
You can meditate on Scripture by reading the passage out loud a few times, asking questions, memorizing a verse, reading in a couple of different translations, paraphrasing it in your own words, and so forth. Talk with God about how this verse relates to your life and how He wants you to practically apply this truth.
It’s a good idea to write down some of your thoughts during your devotions because it will help you to remember. Write down any thought God gives you, as well as any applications.
Close in Prayer
After God has spoken His Word to you; speak to Him. Include times of adoration, worship, thanksgiving, confession, intercession, and petition. Take a moment and ask God to put people or situations on your heart to pray for and He is faithful to answer that prayer. Feel free at any time to just sit in silence, here’s where you can hear what God wants to say to you
(If you have any advice which you think will help people in their quiet time, please send me a comment or message. In a few days I will share these tips with other readers in the daily devotional.)