If you’re a Christ-follower, you know the Bible is important.
You probably also know other Christians who read the Bible a lot and seem to have a deep wisdom and closeness with God. Although you long for that same depth of relationship, it may feel unattainable for you. Believe me, I once felt the same.
I’m hear to tell you it’s more available to you than you think.
Daily time in the word and in prayer will get you there. Just as you make it a habit to eat daily, so your soul needs nourishment.
If you attend church regularly, wonderful! That’s your spiritual milk. It’s prepared and spoon-fed you by diligent leaders and teachers. But as a child matures, he learns to feed himself. It’s here that the true meat will be found.
For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Hebrews 5:13-14
Perhaps the idea of daily time with God seems hard for you.
You’re busy. Or lazy. Or you don’t know where to start.
I know the feeling.
Fortunately, someone once broke the discipline of “daily time with God” down into a manageable concept for me. It goes something like this:
The goal is “habit development.” It takes 21 days to develop a habit, so commit to 21 days of daily time with God.
And that is exactly what lead me to start this life-changing, course-altering, mind-blowing habit.
I was 15 years old at the time. And, wow.
What an unbelievably rich life God has lead me into. What an adventure and privilege to know all that He shares with me through His word. I’m hooked. I absolutely wouldn’t be who I am today save for this one habit.
If you would like to try this practice in your own life, here’s the formula I recommend:
21 Days to Daily Time with God
- Get a Bible you can read and understand. Remember, the Bible was not originally written in English. It has been translated at different points in history, and since the English language is constantly evolving, more recent translations will be more readable. I love the NLT Life Application Bible. The study notes are very helpful and NLT is an easy-to-read and popular translation.
- Get a journal. You can use this different ways, but definitely make it part of the process, even if your not a big journaler.
- Choose a time of day thoughtfully and then be consistent! This is essential for “habit formation” to occur.
- Choose a book of the Bible, preferably in the New Testament. The Gospel of John is an excellent place to start, and it just so happens to have 21 chapters!
- Read one chapter of the Bible per day for 21 days.
- Each day, write down the date, the chapter read, and one verse you like or one realization you had. Let your thoughts flow through your pen as you sit in God’s word. It’s fun to see how the Holy Spirit will speak to you and through you in this way. Also, you might want to journal prayers.
After 21 days, I hope and believe you will have an established habit in your life, one you look forward to and continue for years to come.
In habit formation, the important thing is not how much time you spend, but that you do it every day at the same time. Be as consistent as possible!
And of course, if you miss a day, don’t give up, just get back on track as soon as possible.
If you try this method, please let us know how it goes in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about it!