The consistency of daily devotional reading is just like any other habit in the way that it sets a precedent for your day! There are other daily habits such as prayer, worship, exercise, spending time with spouse and family, etc., which are all really important, but this one is super easy to do AND it pays off big time.
There is quite an array of selection of devotionals so you can surely find one that suits your specific need. Some are general in nature and can be read by all, while others are aimed at specific people groups, such as moms, dads, teens, teachers, etc. With a little bit of digging you’ll be sure to find something that suits!
Where do daily devotional books come from? Most often they are born out of the spiritual growth and experience of someone involved in Christian work of one kind or another. Great examples of daily devotionals are written by people with vibrant ministries (both past and present) include such names as:
- Smith Wigglesworth
- Joyce Meyer
- Billy Graham
- Oswald Chambers
- Max Lucado
- Tony Dungy
- Joel Osteen
- Joel and Victoria Osteen
- C.S. Lewis
- J.I. Packer
- John Maxwell
- A.W. Tozer
- Charles Stanley
- And the list goes on
Add strength to your day
Daily devotional reading books can take different forms, but the idea remains the same. You’ll find a scripture verse, a short exposition or thought about that verse, perhaps a prayer, and maybe an application of some kind. Easy peasy.
Especially on top of courses you may take to further your relationship with God, these daily devotionals books regularly adds strength to your day, encouragement for the challenges you face, and perhaps new ways of praying to and relating with our God and Father.
Just as a football team relies heavily on the individual conditioning of each player on the team, and just as a country’s Olympic Squad relies on the hard work of each individual in their respective events, so too the Church of Jesus Christ, fulfilling her mission and purpose here on the Earth, is only as good as the strength of each individual engaged in their unseen, unheralded walk with God. And so having a daily devotional reading habit is a means to strengthen your faith, and can help you make an even more solid contribution to the work of God here on Earth.
You can use your daily devotional reading books in a predictable way by putting them in a place where you can see them. Put them somewhere obvious so they get in the way and interrupt your daily flow of activity. This way you’ll make sure you do your daily devotional reading.
As the writer of the book of Hebrews says, not all discipline is joyful in the moment you experience it, but afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. There’s simply no substitute for the strengthening produced by regularly attending to the word of God, which can be found in daily devotional reading, coupled with daily prayer, daily worship and praise, daily time with family, daily exercise, etc.
Set yourself up for success
And you don’t have to eat the whole elephant all at one time. That’s the beauty of daily devotional reading. It allows you to consume God’s truth in bite-size, digestible chunks. This way you don’t overwhelm yourself with too much to do, which can frustrate and demoralize even the hardiest among us.
You want to set yourself up for success, and the simple act of doing your daily devotional reading will give you a sense of accomplishment and well-being. Among many benefits, you’ll feel like you’re getting things done, because you are in fact, getting things done.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree, and I’ll spend the first 4 hours sharpening my axe.”
So get busy! Don’t neglect daily devotional reading. Get on your favorite bookstore website and simply look up “daily devotional reading.” And don’t take a long time agonizing over the decision of which one to pick. Just pick one that appeals to you so that you can get started as soon as possible. You won’t regret it!