I would really love to jump out of bed before my alarm goes off, to spend an hour reading my Bible and praying before exercising and starting my day. I would love for that to happen, but it doesn’t.
Instead, I often find myself waking in the middle of the night with things on my mind that keep me from sleeping, so I pray. I pray for my family, my struggles, my friends, and anyone God brings to mind until I doze off again. When I do finally wake up I grab my daily devotional and try to get a few minutes of quiet with God while nursing my little one and reminding my older boys to stop fighting.
Don’t fret if you only have a minute or two to spend in the Word or in prayer. I truly believe that God honors those minutes when we make the effort. And over time those minutes add up to hours and days spent in the Word. Not wasted time by any means!
Getting the Most Out of a Daily Devotional
Most devotionals are just grab and go. You pick it up, read the page, and go on about your day. When you are short on time that is a great way to grab a minute with God to carry you until you can spend a little more time either in scripture or in prayer.
I like to find at least 5 minutes to spend on my devotionals during the day. I like to start by praying for God to open my heart to receive whatever wisdom, correction, or encouragement He has for me that day. Then I read through the text in the devotional. After that I will read the scriptures that are either mentioned, quoted, or recommended in that text. And I always conclude in prayer.
When I’m looking for a devotional I look for something that is going to pack a major spiritual punch in a short amount of time. Often I have been brought to my knees in prayer and repentance by one line in a short devotion. Here are some of my favorites:
Digging Deep When You are Short on Time
Bible reading and daily devotionals are a great way to go wide and get an overview of the Bible but it’s also important to go deep and really study the Word. There are many different ways to study the Bible. I’m a huge fan of the inductive method. Bible study doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. In fact my favorite studies only take about 5-15 minutes daily.