Did you know that 80% of Christians only read their Bibles once a week? You are not alone if this is something that you struggle with. Reading God’s word is very important in establishing a relationship with the Lord. Below you will find tips to how you can start or improve your daily time with God.
This is a devotional/quiet time method taken from the book “The Divine Mentor” All you will need is a Bible, pen, a notebook/journal, and S.O.A.P!
S for Scripture
Open your Bible and read a section of text. Only read as much as you can take in and process. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal. Take down notes about what sticks out to you, and what the author of the verse(s) is trying to convey.
A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple. No matter how you decide to do your devotions, the important thing is to show up for your daily appointment, because God is always waiting for you!
Schedule your devotion time into your day by thinking of when you are at your best. God deserves our full attention. Bring your planner or some kind of other notebook along with you during your devotions. As distractions or thoughts pop into your head of things you still need to do today or during the week, jot them down so that you can focus and concentrate.