Posted by: Rolf | January 28, 2014

Devotional Life

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It seems simple. Do you want to have a “vibrant” relationship with Christ? Then read the “Bible and pray.” And be disciplined about it.

For some men this comes very “naturally”, for most men it takes “work”, and for a few it remains a “stubborn” source of shame and defeat.

We absolutely need to continue to “encourage” men to read the Bible every day and to spend time in prayer with God. And it’s great if they have the “discipline” to do it at the same place and same time every day.

But some men may also need to “hear” that they can stay connected to Christ and keep growing by using a variety of “strategies” to read God’s word and pray.

It’s much more important that men do something that “works” than that they do things a “certain” way. How can a man know if what he is doing to stay “connected” with Christ is working?

Here are a few questions to ask on a weekly basis:

  • Do I think more highly of Christ now than I did before?
  • Is there a sin that I need to repent of?
  • Have I learned, or reinforced, something about the character of God?
  • Have I connected with God through prayer and have I listened for Him in His word?

If the answers to these questions are “yes”, then you have an “effective” devotional life.

Maybe it is “listening” to scripture while you exercise, or “praying” after parking the car at work, or “reading” a short passage at lunch every day–there are more ways than ever to “hear” God’s word and “stay” connected.

Don’t give up “working” on the discipline to “start” every day with Christ–but don’t feel like a “failure” if something else is already working for you.

You probably also know some man who need help in this area. Why not encourage them with the goal of spending time with God rather than the means of how they supposed to do it?

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