Midtown Church Austin TX

Devotions

Daily devotions are a great way to devote oneself to maintaining a close relationship with God through prayer, Bible reading, meditation and resting in His presence. By setting time aside each day to spend alone with God you nourish your soul with the one thing that can truly satisfy; God Himself.

In his book, Pursuit of God, A.W Tozer asks, "What do you want more than anything else in the world?" Often our minds quickly run to a list of good things...healthy children, good marriage, nice place to live and a nice truck. To prevent this list of good things becoming ultimate things we must put God first and foremost in our lives. To put God first, we must be devoted to Him. To be devoted to Him, we must know Him, and to know Him we must spend time with Him.

It seems every Christian has a case of spiritual amnesia. With each new day, we can forget how glorious God is and how desperately we need Him. We can forget how He has loved us and who we are as a result. We can forget how He has invited us to partner with Him and empowered us to do so. Daily devotions help us combat our spiritual amnesia.

Even Jesus made it a priority to get alone with His Father at the start of a new day (Mark 1:35). If Jesus made this a priority, we can rest assured that this is a habit worth forming!

Daily devotions help us know God more fully and remember what He has already taught us about Himself and how to live. They serve as our daily bread and the reminder of God that our soul needs.

Tips For Practicing Devotions:

Pick a place.

Preferably, pick a quiet place where you can be alone. Having a consistent place can help you be more consistent and your time more enjoyable.

Pick a time.

The time (morning or evening) is not as critical as the commitment of time. It is so easy to let the busyness of life crowd out our spiritual life, which is really where all life comes from. Pick a time and guard it well.

Pick a book. Have a plan.

Decide what and how much you are going to read beforehand. If you haven't done much Bible reading start in the Gospel of John. If you enjoy devotional books, that's fine, but it is recommended that you spend the majority of your time reading the Bible.

Pray.

Ask God to help you know Him better like the psalmist in Psalm 25:4-5. "Make me to know your ways, O LORD teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the daylong."  Be expectantly waiting to hear from God.

Practice making observations.

One helpful way to do this is by using the "SPACE" method. "SPACE" through a passage noting one or more of the following:

Put it on paper.

Journaling your time with God can be helpful and very rewarding.