3 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Personal Devotions
Do you feel like your personal devotional time is…
A. Vibrant and really consistent.
B. Pretty good, but could get better.
C. Okay, but in need of some passion and consistency.
D. Pretty irregular. And honestly, quite boring.
E. It basically never happens.
If you picked B or below, this post is for you. Keep reading. And guess what – this post is written for me too. I usually fall under the letter B sometimes C and at the point of writing this post D.. I’m forever striving to improve my quiet time.
Since we’re in this boat together, I’m going to share 3 tips that have helped me improve my personal devotion time..
They’re actually quite simple. And as I’ve worked at applying them, my quiet times have improved –greatly.
But before I give you the 3 quick tips, let’s chat for a second about why having “personal devotion time” is even important.
For starters, when I use the words “personal devotions” I’m referring to your personal quiet time/time with the Lord/Bible reading time/prayer time/etc. It’s simply that small chunk of time that we each set aside once a day to spend alone with God.
Whether you’ve made this a regular habit or not, it’s extremely important to spend time alone with God each day.
Why? Because being a Christian is built upon our relationship with Christ.
God gave us the Bible to speak into our lives, and He gave us prayer for us to respond back to Him.
In our crazy, busy, fast-paced culture, we have to make the daily choice to slow down and seek His face.
Here are a few reasons we must have a personal devotions:
- As sinful humans, we need God’s daily wisdom and insight from the Bible to know how to live.
- We need daily doses of humility by bowing our heads before Him and constantly reminding ourselves that He is God and we are not. “Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his” (Psalm 100:3).
- As sinful humans, we need regular moments of repentance for our many sins.
- We need quiet moments of worship and adoration for our King. We need to develop a heart of “devotion” for our Savior.
- We need to bring the needs of others before God in prayer, and seek His face on their behalf.
I hope you are catching a glimpse of why a personal time of “devotion” to God is so important.
Now that we’re on the same page there, here are 3 quick tips to instantly improve your quiet time:
1. Get ready the night before.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to bed way too late (I’m a night owl) only to wake up the next day exhausted and in NO mood for a personal devotions. The fix? Get more sleep.
I have learned that my best morning devotion times begin the night before.
Instead of watching that late night movie, browsing Instagram for an extra 30 minutes, or reading that book, try turning out the lights a little earlier. Our bodies need rest, and we function at our best when we get enough sleep. The best way to set your morning devotional time up for success is to get to bed at a decent hour the night before.
2. Don’t get on your phone.
The biggest enemy of my personal devotion time is my cell phone. I’m not kidding! I’ll wake up feeling rested and ready to have a great quiet time…then…I’ll notice a few new text messages on my phone.
With the sincere intention to quickly check them, I find myself browsing around (getting distracted on Facebook, email, Girldefined.com, photostream, etc.) and instantly lose 30 minutes of time. Then I’ll quickly scrape up a few puny minutes of devotional time. Ever done that?
The quick fix?
Don’t touch, look at, or think about your cell phone until after your devotional time with God.
Just don’t go there. Leave it on the charger. You will survive. Technology is extremely distracting for most of us (this goes for a computer and tablet as well), and has a sneaky way of hijacking our time with God.
By implementing this one simple area of discipline, you will be amazed at how focused and “interruption free” your quiet time can be.
3. Use a Bible study book to help guide your time.
My personal devotions has gone through many phases over the years. I’ve done everything from the One Year Bible, to the chronological Bible, to jumping around in different books of the Bible, to using a Bible study book to facilitate what I read each day, to feeling uninspired and simply reading wherever my Bible opens to.
Over the years I have noticed that my personal devotional time has always flourished when I have a plan. Most often, this plan includes reading a Bible study book to guide my reading time.
I am currently using a book called Behold Your God: Studies on the Attributes of God.
This book creates a Bible study plan for me and guides me through studying God’s word.
Nothing makes a devotional time harder than not knowing what to read or where to start. Get a plan. Either figure out a Bible reading plan ahead of time and come prepared, or use a Bible study book to help guide your time.
So there you go!
Those are my 3 quick tips to instantly improve your personal devotions time. Those 3 tips have helped me a TON (and continue to help me as I implement them) and I’m positive they will be helpful to you too.
I challenge you to implement these 3 tips right away into your life. Go to bed at a decent hour tonight, don’t look at your phone in the morning until after your devotional time, and plan now for what you will read/study tomorrow.
Okay dear, I want to hear from you!
- What areas do you struggle in the most when it comes to having a personal devotional time?
- What time of day do you find it easiest and most productive to have your personal devotions?
- What books/Bible studies have helped you study God’s Word?