Tips for an Effective Devotional Time, pt. 5 (how to endure)

Tips for enduring with your devotional life:

1. Don’t give up.

It’s really this simple:

Never, never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

If you miss a day…don’t give up.

If you get weary…don’t give up.

If you think it’s not working…don’t give up.

2. Do leverage the power of variety.

Sometimes you need a change of pace.

Have your devotional time in a different location or time on occasion.

Mix in some different elements. For ideas look at my previous post on what you need. You might want to mix in some music or try journaling, or read from a devotional book.

3. Pace yourself.

As I mentioned yesterday, don’t overdue it out of the gates. You will set up an expectation level for yourself that will be hard to meet over the long haul. Think of your long-term devotional life as a marathon, not a sprint.

4. Be patient.

Some people fail to see the immediate benefits of daily devotional times or are disappointed with the lack of change in their lives. In other words, some people lose heart when they do not see all their problems going away after they have been having daily devotions for awhile, so they give up. Change takes a lifetime and requires patience. Furthermore, we should train ourselves to have a devotional time from more noble motives than just wanting our problems to go away. We should just love to be in God’s presence because He has bestowed His grace upon us and called us to a personal relationship with Him. Changes in us will come with time as we interact with our gracious God.

5. If you slip spiritually, return to a loving Father..

We all do it. We all have a bad day or two spiritually on occasion. We may miss a devotional time or two. We may miss one because our hearts have strayed and are set on pursuing our own desires rather than God’s. We may miss another because we are ashamed and guilty. What to do?

If you slip and fall spiritually, get up, get right, and go on. Don’t wallow in your guilt. Reflect on the cross of Christ and His great love for you. Confess your sin and he is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1.9). Stop beating yourself up. Get back in the Word and pick up where you left off.

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What about you? Can you think of some other tips for endurance when it comes to daily devotions?

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