Get the Most Out Of Your Devotional Time

January 18, 2016 Faith, Jesus, Prayer 9 Comments

3 questions to ask yourself about your time with God

Have you ever wanted to spend time with God, but didn’t know where to start? You may have a desire to grow closer to God, but are drawing a blank on how to do it. This has definitely happened to me.

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When I first started going to church, I attended one of the biggest churches in my city. Honestly, I don’t remember much of the place aside from a conversation I had with a Yankees player and one sermon from a Sunday night service. That Sunday night, the pastor was talking about having devotional time with God. He mentioned that two things were necessary: a time and a place.

That simple message is what started my practice of having consistent devotional time with God. I started with just a few minutes a day, and it grew from there.

Like any relationship, growing closer to God requires intentionality. Jesus’ brother, James, once said, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” If you want to get closer to God, you have to make it a priority in your life.

But just planning on spending time with God isn’t enough if you want to develop a truly special bond. The time you spend must be spent well and with careful intention. If you want to get the most out of your time with God, here are three questions you should be asking yourself. They will help ensure the time you spend is meaningful and productive, allowing for the relationship with God you’ve always wanted.

1.What is the best time of your day?

I think you should give your best time, the period of time you are best able to focus on Him, to God. I believe it is good to start your day with God, and many people thrive when their devotional time is in the morning. But others can focus more during their lunch break, while their children are napping, or at night after the hustle and bustle of the day dies down. The time of day doesn’t matter so much as your mindset. It must be a time where you can settle down, think of nothing else and focus one hundred percent on your relationship with God.

If you are married, have a conversation with your spouse about your devotional time. They need to know what you are doing and why to better understand you and your relationship to God.

2.What is the best place for my devotional time?

Everyone has places where they are more likely to focus or be distracted. For many seasons in my life, I have had a dedicated space (some would call it a prayer closet) where I have spent time with the Lord. It hasn’t always been the same space, but it has always been a place where I could focus and reflect.

Find the space for yourself that is free of distractions. It might be in your bedroom, on the porch, in your car during lunch break, on a comfy spot of the couch in the living room, under a shady tree, etc. The place doesn’t matter so much as the ability of the space to allow you to concentrate and spend quiet time with God.

3. What elements are necessary for me to grow spiritually?

Once you have a time and a place prepared, you can start to focus on the intention of your devotional time.  There are three elements that I incorporate in my time with Jesus:

  • Music:I enjoy spending time worshipping God through song. I find music to be a powerful way to be thankful to Him. If you don’t have any worship music, you can find a worship station on Pandora. My favorites are Hillsong United, Elevation Worship and Bethel, but there are many others as well. If you are newer to Christian worship music and don’t know the words, you can find the songs on YouTube with the lyrics displayed so that you can easily follow along.
  • Prayer:Prayer is simply talking to God. There are a lot of different ways to pray, but the majority of prayer incorporates thanking God for His goodness, praying for others and praying for yourself. If you struggle with what to say, think about what you can thank God for, who around you needs your prayers, and what you personally need to pray for.
  • God’s Word: I believe the Bible is God’s written word. Many people struggle with reading the Bible because they don’t know where to start. I encourage you to download the YouVersion app on your mobile device, or go to com. Go to their Bible reading plans and choose one to follow along with. These tools make reading the word of God easier and more accessible and will increase your understanding of His scriptures.

One more thing you may need to do to get the most out of your devotional time with God is to give your life to Jesus. Jesus gave His own life so that you could have a personal relationship with God. He gave His life to eliminate the very thing that would separate us from Him — sin.

If you have never committed your life to Jesus, I invite you to pray this prayer:

Jesus I thank you for giving your life to pay the price for my sins. You showed how much you loved me by dying on the cross for me. I give my life over to you as not only my Lord, but my Savior. I believe God rose you from the dead, and you live forevermore. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Your personal time with God will have a positive effect on every area of your life. Make the choice today, right now, to go through these steps and strengthen your relationship with God.

What is the best time and place for you to spend time with God? What else have you found helpful to help you with your devotional time?