Stop the Devotion Guilt
You want to spend regular time with God but it never seems to work out. You start it for a few days and then it tapers off. You really did mean to do it, but it's hard to find the time and ... you hate to admit it, but you often find it a chore to do.
The devotion police aren't going to like this. (You know who I am taking about -- those people who are telling you how they spend an hour each morning praying, how they read through the Bible three times each year and have a prayer list the length of Santa's gift list.)
Five Minute Devotions
I'm going to show you how to do five minute devotions. I believe if you learn to spend a simple 5 minutes each day with God, you will gradually learn to love your time with God so much you'll want more. So here it is. The five Minute Devotions in three easy steps:
- Read a Psalm (1 minute). If the Psalm is long, stop after about 20-30 verses, unless you really want to read more. Just start at Psalm 1 and start working your way through.
- Thank or praise God (1 minute). Think about the Psalm you just read, or consider your last 24 hours or just look around the room you are in. Praise God for who He is or thank Him for what He is doing in your life.
- Talk to God (3 minutes). Talk to God about the Psalm, pray for someone in need or just talk to God about your life in general. Whatever you feel you want to talk about. Remember, this is time to build a relationship with God. Be open and honest with Him.
There you have it! Five easy minutes with God. Try it. I believe if you do this for a week you will want to spend even more time with Him. So, get out your timer and spend some time with God!
If you want someone to guide you through your 5 minute devotions, then go to One Year With God, my prayer website.
For more ideas on spending time with God keep following this blog. You may also want to check out some of my past posts:
Question: Share your ideas for simple yet effective time with God. Please post a comment.
by Jerry Wyrick, President of Worship Arts Conservatory