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How to Do a Daily Devotional

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Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

Battle Drill Daily Devotional

The Battle Drill Daily Devotional begins tomorrow. It’s aimed at anyone who wants positive, practical encouragement from the Bible every day. It will follow the passage and topic we study together at Basingstoke Salvation Army on a Sunday. You’re welcome to join us – you can do so online here for worship or you can watch the sermon here.

It’s designed for everyone, including those who may not currently have a daily devotional time, or find it difficult to be consistent about it.

So, if you have never spent time on a daily quiet time with the Bible or find the discipline of one difficult, what should you do? It helps to have a plan. Below is a suggestion as to how you might plan out your daily devotional each day. It’s not prescriptive – you will find your own rhythm and way of doing things as you get into it – but it might help you get started.

Begin by Focusing on God

Find somewhere quiet if you can, where you won’t be disturbed. If you’re listening to the audio whilst you’re on the move, then try to minimise any distractions around you. Stop, and take a few deep breaths. Focus your scattered senses on God.

Pray Briefly

Say a short opening prayer. Ask God to guide you through his Word and to speak to you. Ask him to rid your mind of anything else that might be crowding in and distracting you.

Read the Bible Passage slowly

In your Bible or in your Bible app, locate the verse the daily devotional is based on and read the passage around the verse – maybe a paragraph, maybe from one heading to the next, maybe a chapter. Whatever makes the most sense. If you’re listening to the audio, the passage around the verse will be read to you.

Read the passage slowly, and think through what you are reading, giving space to God to speak to you whilst you do so.

Meditate on God’s Word

Read or listen to the remainder of the daily devotional for the day. As you do so, chew over what the passage has been saying to you. Think about it. Wrestle with the questions it presents. As you do so, write down what comes to you. Writing it down helps us to remember and gives us an opportunity to review what God has been saying to us. (The Battle Drill Daily Devotional runs from Monday to Friday each week, so you could use Saturday as an opportunity to review what you’ve written down during the week).

Pray Again

Finish your daily devotional time by being quiet before God again. Then talk to him about what he’s been saying to you.Tell him what you are thinking and how you plan to respond. Talk to him about what else is on your mind.

At the end of your prayer, take with you the Think it Over question at the end of Battle Drill into your day and use it to continue to meditate on what God has said to you during your daily quiet time.

Think It Over

Think about the following:

  • What distractions might you need to get rid of in order to have a consistent daily quiet time with God?

HOW TO DO A DAILY DEVOTIONAL

  1. BEGIN BY FOCUSING ON GOD

    Find somewhere quiet and focus your senses on God.

  2. PRAY BRIEFLY

    Ask God to guide you through his Word and keep you focused.

  3. READ THE BIBLE PASSAGE SLOWLY

    Think through what you are reading and give God the space to speak to you through it.

  4. MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD

    Chew over what the passage is saying to you. Think about it and wrestle with it.

  5. PRAY AGAIN

    Finish by speaking to God about what he’s been saying and how you intend to respond.

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