Doing a devotional can be tough. Life gets in the way, and we make excuses to further postpone our quiet time with Christ. I hope these 10 tips will help you restore a consistent schedule for your devotional, but most importantly that you lean on Christ and grow closer to Him!
- Choose the time of day that works best for you.
If you aren’t a morning person, it can be hard to wake up to do a devotional, so you might want to try it at night. Although, if night doesn’t work for you either, ask God to help you get up and go in the mornings. I am NOT a morning person, but I’ve found I get so much more out of my devotionals if I start my day with them. I set my alarm for 6 o’clock and God has really been strengthening me through this.
2. Choose the best place to have quiet time with Christ.
Your room might be an awesome place. I do suggest keeping it clean so that there aren’t any distractions while you spend some time with Christ. When you pick a place, just make sure it is somewhere where you can be alone, with no distractions. God wants your full attention when speaking to Him.
3. Set a recurring event/reminder on your phone to remind you.
Make a reminder for the time you are going to do your devotional. Your phone is with you ALL day, so there is no ignoring an alert like this.
4. PRAY! * MOST IMPORTANT*
Praying is the best thing you can do. Ask God for help in keeping Him as the priority in your life. Ask Him to give you a hunger for His word. Without seeking Christ for help through prayer, you won’t get anywhere with your devotionals. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! If you don’t speak to Him, why would you expect Him to answer you? His will is for you to seek Him through prayer and His word, all He asks is that you LEAN ON HIM for the power to follow His will!
5. Buy a notebook, pencil or pen, and some highlighters.
For some reason a new notebook gets me excited and I want to use it right away! New and fun supplies that you can use for your devotional can help you get excited to have some quiet time with God. BUT, don’t make this the main reason for studying the Word. You can have fun and all, but make sure by the end of the day you are truly doing it for the right reasons.
6. Have someone to keep you accountable.
My friend and I met together a couple of days ago and we both mentioned how we struggled keeping a routine schedule for our devotion. We both have texted each other words of encouragement or a “check up” to see how each of us are doing. It really helps when you have another believer partnering with you and encouraging you. It is also a great way for fellowship, to talk about what you’ve done in your devotionals and how you’ve grown in your relationship with God.
7. Start off small.
If you haven’t been as faithful to your devotions or are just starting out, it can be overwhelming to begin studying for one or two hours at a time. Start off with 10 minutes of reading your Bible and praying to God. Even in this little time, you will notice improvement in your attitude and relationship with Him. Over time, add more time to your devotions. It won’t seem so frightening if you start off gently. I’d recommend doing 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night so you start and end your day thinking on Christ.
8. Make a conscious effort to think on Christ throughout your day.
You don’t have to be in your room, having quiet time to grow in your relationship with God. If you are at work or school, thank God for little things you see along your day that you can praise Him for. Your boss is in a good mood? Thank Him. Better yet, pray that God will help you to love your boss when they aren’t in a good mood. Notice the beauty of a flower? Thank God for His awesome creation. Your attitude during the day will change from that of being stressed, to one of rejoicing in Christ’s loving kindness.
9. Sacrifice your “Free Time”
If you only study your Bible when it’s “most convenitent” you really aren’t giving God the time of day or making Him first in your life. I’ve had to cut back on some things to give God my time. I don’t watch as much TV. I’ve even cut back on working on this blog. I wake up early even though I am not a morning person. I go to bed earlier to wind down with some quiet time with Christ. Make sacrifices and give God your full devotion!
10. Serve in your Church
Okay. I know you are wondering how this will allow you to create a routine schedule for devotion. Sure there are tips I can give you like buying cool supplies or setting a reminder on your phone, but those alone won’t do anything to change your devotion to your devotional. In order to create a routine schedule of devotion, your overall attitude must be changed. If you aren’t obeying Christ in your everyday life, how are you going to grow? You could read the Bible for hours on end and still not get anything out of it if you don’t have the right attitude.
Like I said earlier, God wants you to give Him your full attention and devotion, which means living your life for Him! God wants you to partake in the joy of serving Him! By serving in the church, you are telling God, “I am serious about this relationship and I want to sacrifice MY time and dedicate it to YOU. I want to be used to further your kingdom, not mine. I give my service to you.” He calls us to serve Him and by serving, your attitude will change so much. Doing a devotional won’t seem like a chore . You will WANT to spend time with Him. You will WANT to serve Him. You will find JOY in dedicating your time to Him.
Did these tips help you? What other things do you do to help keep a consistent devotional schedule? Leave a comment below!
Check out this post on the importance of leaning on Christ and not your own strength for you devotional.