Are you interested in developing a rich devotional life? Isaiah 55:1-3 says:
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and delight ourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live…”Isaiah 55:1-3
What this reminds us of is that with God’s help, the spiritual practices of regular bible reading, meditation, and prayer are disciplines that enable us to grow the inward and spiritual dimensions of life. Here are some tips;
Reading the Bible
There are many different ways people approach reading the Bible. These are worth considering:
- The two-fold path. Pick one Bible book a month to study deeply. Plan to read other books of the Bible in one sitting throughout the year.
- Paul Tripp’s New Morning Mercies
- The App For the Love of God. developed by Don Carson
- The Two-Year Bible Reading Plan (Pdf) developed by Steve Witmer
- The Bible program for Shirkers and Slackers (Pdf).
- Get the bible to your inbox from the The Bible Society
After reading the Bible…
After reading a portion of the Bible and choosing one or two things or insights that especially help, take each insight and ask the following questions:
- Adoration – How can I love and praise God on the basis of this? What do I see here that I can praise him for?
- Repentance – How do I fail to realize this in my life? What wrong behavior, harmful emotions or attitudes result when I forget this?
- Gospel Thanks – How can I thank Jesus as the ultimate revelation of this attribute of God (#1) and the ultimate answer to this sin or need of mine (#2)?
- Aspiration- How does this show me what I should or can be and do? How would I be different if this truth were powerfully real to me?
After thinking through and at least sketchily writing out answers to each question, proceed to pray, praising God, confessing, and asking Him directly about your needs.
After reading the Bible sourced from Redeemer Presbyterian.