(Old Post from 2007)
Today’s Scripture: Read 1 John 1:5-10
Today our schedules are so busy with school, work, friends, family commitments, sporting events, church, and countless other commitments. Sometimes we can let the most precious gift of all – our personal relationship with God – slip away into a non-existent time. Some people prefer to get up early and pray and read before they go to work or school, others mid-day, and still others at the end of the day. I have found that beginning my day with God is the best way to do it. It prepares me for the work ahead and the challenges the day will bring. I find, for myself, that it helps my day if I start with Him.
Now the practical side, do I always do it? The simple answer is no. I strive to do it, but sometimes I wake up late and then just fly out of bed and move through the day. In the beginning it is the development of the pattern of getting up and reading the bible and praying. For me, I read a passage (whether a Psalm or another passage) and then I kneel down next to my bed to pray so that I am not tempted to just fall back to sleep. There is so much in this little passage that we are going to break it down over the next couple of days. This first day, I just want to concentrate on beginning the pattern of doing devotions. These devotions are very important, trust me I know. As I sit in Russia, I am keenly aware that I do not have the strength to carry the day’s load, nor do I order my day. God directs my days and this is a wonderful thing.
Today’s verse to remember is 1 John 1:6, which says “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”
Application: Do you have regular devotions? If so, how often do you do them? If you do not, will you commit to reading the bible and praying 3 days this week? Tell me what God is teaching you.
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