How to Do a Daily Devotional

by Paul Vaughn

A daily devotional is essential to maintain a right relationship with God. A devotional enables you to face your days with God on your side. No matter your denomination or faith, spending at least 15 minutes focusing on Gods' word and listening to His direction for your life will keep you on the right track.

Your daily devotional.

Find a time during your day or evening that you can spend without distraction. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to pray and meditate on Gods' word.

Select a translation of the Bible that you are comfortable with. The New international and the Amplified Bible are recommended for ease of reading and understanding.

Before you begin reading, spend time in prayer asking for God to give you understanding and wisdom to use what you learn in your daily life.

Use your daily devotional guide to focus your devotion time on a few verses at a time. Tackling chapters at a time is not recommended because too much information at once can discourage you and lead to quiting all together.

Read the verses you are focusing on and look for emphasis in every individual word then each sentence and then each paragraph. Use your note pad to right down things that stand out to you. During your next devotional time you can spend time researching the things that stood out to you the day before. Use a Bible Dictionary to help you with difficult words and a concordance to help you understand content.

Tips

  • All the reference material and Bible translations can be found at your local christian book store. Take the time to pick references that you are comfortable using. Remember, this is a short devotional time. You don't want to overwhelm yourself with too much information. Save content that requires longer to research for another study time.
  • Look for opportunities during your day to apply what you learned during your devotional. Use you note pad to record those things that come up during your day and keep adding to them day by day.

Items you will need

  • The Bible (version is your choice)
  • Daily devotional guide.
  • Pen and note pad.
  • Bible dictionary (optional)
  • Concordance (optional)

About the Author

Paul Vaughn has worked in the auto and diesel mechanics field for 10 years and as public school automotive vocational teacher for five years. He currently teaches high school auto tech, covering year model vehicles as old as 1980 to as new as 2007.

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