What to Do When You Don’t Know Where to Start
"So are we good then?”
I had been doing a spiritually oriented peer evaluation with my roommate that my Christian college had everyone do. We had talked about what he was doing for devotions, and while he had been regular, we both agreed that he could probably spend a bit more time each day in the Word. I was ready to move to the next category, until he paused.
“Ben, when I was growing up, we never really did devotions. And honestly, I don’t know how to do them.”
I don’t think my roommate was alone. Having counseled 2 summers at a Christian camp and worked in roles of spiritual leadership at my school for several years, I get the sense a lot of people struggle with how to do devotions. The truth is, I struggled with how to do devotions.
As a teenager I was always just told to “do” them. So I did, kind of. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. Learning how to do devotions has been a long process for me, and it’s something I’ve picked up here and there along the way.
This post is an expansion on a handout I made for guys (and girls) who struggle with consistent time in the Word. Most of these are lessons I’ve learned through practice or tips I’ve picked up along the way. None of this is super original, and most of it is pretty basic, but hopefully it will be helpful to some to have it all packaged together.
Establish the Habit of Devotions
As humans we are creatures of habit, and we are either in the habit of doing our devotions or we are in the habit of not doing them.
Prepare the Heart for Devotions
Ask the Right Questions
When studying your Bible, ask questions like. . .
Getting the Most out of Devotions
Written by Ben Hicks.
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