Come close to God, and God will come close to you.James 4:8a (NLT)
Battle Drill Daily Devotional
Many of you reading this will have completed the first week of our new daily devotional, Battle Drill. If you haven’t, you can find more information about it and catch up with this week’s readings here.
How do you find having a daily quiet time? Is it easy? Or do you find it difficult to have a consistent daily devotional? Many of us, including me, struggle with it. You are not alone. If you are finding it difficult to be disciplined in having a consistent daily devotional time, here are four suggestions:
Make a Promise to God
First of all, commit your willingness to have a daily devotional time to God. Promise him that whatever else is going on in your life, you will spend some time with God every day. It doesn’t have to be a long time – don’t promise God you’re going to spend an hour with him every day if that’s unrealistic. But promise God you want to spend time with him every day – because you want to, not because others are or because your church leader tells you to!
Put it in Your Calendar
Make an appointment with God every day. Write it in your diary, or make a recurring daily appointment in your computer calendar, wherever you keep your schedule. You need to block out the time you’re going to spend with God every day ahead of time – just like you would any other appointment – otherwise, something else will always come up.
Commit to having a Daily Quiet time for at least 2 months
Commit to having your daily quiet time every day for at least sixty days. Studies show it takes at least this long to form a new habit. It takes time to get used to doing something new, and it takes even longer for the discipline of doing it consistently to become second nature. Many people who find it difficult to be consistent about having a daily quiet time give up after only a few days or weeks.
Depend on God
I have discovered that when it comes to having a consistent daily devotional time, willpower is not enough. I need God’s power to help me keep the discipline needed. God wants you to spend time with him. So ask him to help you. The devil is going to try and get you off track and distract you. Only God’s power can combat that and help you become consistent about having a daily quiet time.
Commit to having a consistent daily devotional time. It will change your life, I promise!
Think It Over
Think about the following:
- Do you think having a consistent daily devotional time is critical to your growth as a Christian? If so, what steps do you need to take to stick to this discipline?
HOW TO HAVE A CONSISTENT DAILY DEVOTIONAL TIME
- MAKE A PROMISE TO GOD
Promise him you are going to spend some time with him every day.
- PUT IT IN YOUR CALENDAR
Make an appointment in your diary or in your computer calendar, wherever you have your schedule.
- COMMIT TO HAVING A DAILY QUIET TIME FOR AT LEAST 2 MONTHS
It takes at least 60 days to form a new habit. Giving up before this make its more difficult to be consistent.
- DEPEND ON GOD
You’re unlikely to be consistent about your daily devotional time by your willpower alone. Ask God to help you.
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