Gathering Discussion: Daily Devotions
- Matthew 4:1-4 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””
- Mark 1:35 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
- Luke 5:15-16 “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
Why do we do it?
- Focus on our minds on Christ or being Christ-like
- Transform our minds (Romans 12)
- Sword of the Spirit
- Communion with God
- Ask for guidance
- Learn about God and learn the Word of God
- Grow in faith (faith comes from hearing)
How do we do devotions?
- No set way
- Read through a book of the Bible (a little or chapters)
- Bible in a Year
- Study (optional)
- Pray from heart
- Pray pre-written prayer
- Prayer journal
- Individual or as a family
- Deuteronomy 11:18-19 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
- Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
When to do devotions?
No set time, but…
- Morning tends to be best because you are starting your day, setting the tone, focusing your mind, etc.
- If you don’t feel like you have time in the morning, just pray, maybe while driving to work and maybe listen to the Bible on your phone. Then find time later in the day (the earlier the better) for more dedicated time.
- Bookend your day.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”