So why should you take part and do private devotions?continued
By doing devotions, you can find peace and stability.
Philippians 4:6-7 says...."Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Psalm 119:105 says...."Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."
Psalm 119:165 says...."Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble."
How can I have private devotions?
Find a time and a place to have them.
Time may vary between every individual. Early birds may start of their day with something to think about. Night owls may end their day as a reflection time. I do my devotions at night, but again, it varies between different people. Try to find a time free of worldly distractions.
Place will also vary between every individual. Some might follow the example of Jesus and go outside for their devotional time.
Mark 1:35 says...."Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed"
Others might follow the teaching of Jesus and stay inside for devotional time.
Matthew 6:6 says...."But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
Whatever your time or place for devotions may be, just make sure it is a quiet and peaceful place so you can focus on God.
Should I engage in prayer and praise during devotion time?
First approach God in prayer.
-Thank him for all his many blessing toward you!
Colossians 4:2 says...."Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."
-Confess your sins!
1 John 1:9 says...."If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
-Make supplication of needs!
Philippians 4:6 says...."Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
-Intercede on behalf of others!
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says...."I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."
Next, simply praise him!
The world we are living in right now is....lets just say...a tough one. We need God more than just once a week at church! Devotion are a very important key to a closer walk with God. Start simple and grow in your devotions. Stick to it and make it a habit. God bless and I hope you will take my advice!