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Daily Devotions Tip: Have A Plan

By Andy Deane

It's been said, "lf you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it!" To have a meaningful daily devotion, you will need a plan or some kind of general outline to follow for your quiet time. It could be something as simple as this:

Briefly Pray
Invite Jesus to be with you (Psalm 139:23-24; 119:18).

Praise God
Read a Psalm out loud to God or sing a praise song to get your heart and spirit in an attitude of worship. Daily devotions are a form of worship.

Read the Bible
Read slowly, systematically (not randomly) and read only a small amount. If you are on a Bible in a year reading plan then after you have finished your assigned reading choose a smaller portion of Scripture that you just read to review again more devotionally. You might want to try reading out loud as if the Lord were speaking to you personally.

You can meditate on Scripture by reading the passage out loud a few times, asking questions, memorizing a verse, reading in a couple of different translations, paraphrasing it in your own words, and so forth. Talk with God about how this verse relates to your life and how He wants you to practically apply this truth.

Write down any thought God gives you, as well as any applications.

Close in Prayer
After God has spoken His Word to you; speak to Him. Include times of adoration, worship, thanksgiving, confession, intercession, and petition. Occasionally vary your physical positions in prayer (kneeling/ standing). Tell God how you desire to respond to Him today.

© Andy Deane
If this article got you excited about Bible study then maybe you'd like to try one of the author's 40 Bible study method recommendations that can be found in his new book "Learn to Study the Bible". Each Bible study method has a handwritten example to help readers learn visually. You can learn more about this new Bible study resource by visiting the book's official website at


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