How Devotionals Help in Tough Situations
Do you have a regular devotional practice? The online Cambridge Dictionary defines the term devotion as “loyalty and love or care for someone or something.” Most of us understand that devotion suggests an ongoing commitment to valuing someone or something enough to organize our schedule, efforts, and priorities around them. In sacred practices, this term has come to represent the time we spend connecting with God through scripture and prayer.
In John 15:5-6 Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” This image from the vineyard reminds us that He is our life source. We were created by Him to be in relationship with Him. We are most at home when we are regularly talking to Him, enjoying His company, and basing our priorities and values on His Word. To forego this incredible opportunity is something akin to expecting cut flowers to continue growing and blooming season after season.
How to integrate daily devotion into your routine.
- What time of day can you dedicate consistently?
- How much time do you want to set aside each day?
- What activities help you to focus your attention on God’s voice?
This is not meant to be complicated. As a matter of fact, it’s the most natural thing there is. Don’t know how to start? Jesus gave us a model when He taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13:
Creating a group for support
- 10 minutes Check-in and prayer request update
- 10 minutes Discuss the Devotional Passage – What are you learning? Do you see any connection with your daily life and what God is teaching you?
- 10 minutes – Share prayer requests.
- 10 minutes – Pray for one another.
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Building in time to connect daily with God gives you time and space to check-in, connect, and center ourselves. Make sure to find time to do this individually and also consider finding community to share with others.