Tips for an Effective Devotional Time, pt. 2 (when and where)

When is the best time to have your devotions?

Most Christians have found it very helpful to start their day off with a devotional time. Apparently Spurgeon said 1 hour of prayer in the morning is worth 2 at night. I can definitely identify with that statement. Someone has also said, “Better to pray for guidance and strength in the morning than to confess and repent at night.” The basic gist of these quotes is that you are more likely to experience spiritual victory throughout your day if you start the day with your devotional time. Much like the cereal commercials that emphasize that you start your day off right (physically) with their cereal, it pays off to start your day off right with spiritual nourishment.

But the reality is that a lot of people do not have the opportunity to start the day off in such a way. Whether it’s four young kids who are up at the crack of dawn or perhaps it’s the physiological reality that you are not a morning person and cannot concentrate well in the morning, not everyone finds the morning devotions idea as ideal. Some people actually do better to have their devotional time right before bed.

The important thing is to find what works best for you. And make it a habit.

Where is the best place?

prayercloset
It doesn't have a scenic view, but it has privacy.

Somewhere that you can be alone and free from distractions. The Bible speaks of Jesus going off alone to a quiet place. I have two places to choose from.  When the weather is permitting I can go into our backyard and sit on our swing. It can be very quiet and peaceful there. My standard place, though, is at the back of my wife’s walk-in closet.  I have a very little end table set up with a small, comfortable fold-up chair beside it. I close myself into the closet, pull out the fold-up chair, and meet with the Lord. It’s one of the quietest places in the house, and it is private.

Again, you have to find what works for you. I remember reading about a Mom with preschoolers who would go into the bathroom, lock the door, turn on the fan to reduce noise, and have her quiet time for about 15 minutes every morning.

The key is to find a place where you will have few interruptions and where your mind will not wander too easily. And then make it a habit to go there. It’s especially effective if you only use that spot for that purpose. It becomes a holy place for you, where the only time you are there is to meet with God.

Here is a Bible verse that combines the two answers I have provided in today’s post, with Jesus our Lord setting the example:

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. – Mark 1.35, ESV

He rose in the morning to meet with the Father and he found a special place of solitude. Works for Jesus…works for me.

These are my thoughts on the subject, what are yours?

–> Tomorrow: Tips for an Effective Devototional Time, pt. 3 (what you need)

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