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Building A Daily Bible Study and Devotions Routine

Jul 15, 2023 | Faith

For as long as I can remember, I have attempted to faithfully maintain a routine of daily Bible study and devotions, including organized Bible reading and prayer.  Right after breakfast with a cup of tea by my side is the best time for me personally to be consistent with my devotional life.  Admittedly, now that I am “retired”, it is much simpler for me to read and pray with no time limits!  My two grown daughters can attest to my morning routine and the frequent requests over the years to be quiet during Mom’s devotions! I also tend to be an early riser so as my girls got older, it was easier to complete devotions before they woke up.

In my Bible reading, I read through the Old and New Testaments.  It takes me approximately three years to read through the Old Testament and approximately one year to read through the New.  This is reading one chapter a day in the Old Testament and in the New Testament in order.  Several years ago our pastor devotionally went through the book of Psalms during our mid-week Service.  He asked us to read through the Psalm of the week every day in preparation.  Through this challenge, I found that I really enjoyed reading in the Psalms, so I added reading one Psalm a day to my devotions. If a Psalm is especially uplifting, I read it for several days in a row.  The imprecatory (invoking judgment) psalms are an exception, of course!

I keep a journal where I write down the date, what chapter I am reading in the Old, in Psalms, and in the New.  Another treasure I picked up from my pastor is to pray daily that the Lord would help me to “hear, see, and understand His message for me today”.  I write this on the top of each new page of my journal as a reminder.  I also typically pray that the Lord would help me to focus my thoughts on His word and draw me closer to Him.  

I have also noticed that I read Scripture differently now that I am back to teaching a Sunday School class.  I read for greater understanding and stop to research portions I do not quite understand instead of skimming over them. Anything the Lord has impressed upon my heart from my Bible reading that day I add to my journal for the day.  More recently I have been writing heartfelt prayers prompted by my reading. For example, after reading Psalm 119:133 my prayer was, “Lord, I pray that you would order my steps in your word.  I beg you not to let any iniquity have dominion over me.  Thank you, Lord.”

In the last few pages of my journal, I have a page each of prayer requests for my husband, each of my daughters, my son-in-law, and several pages of extended family prayer requests.  These are added to as needed to be up-to-date prayer needs.  I also cross off prayer requests as they have been answered. Additionally, I have two month-based lists of godly characteristics that I use on alternate months to pray for my daughters and my son-in-law.  One is “31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Kids” by Bob Hostetler.  This list first appeared in Pray Magazine and has been adapted into a bookmark, which can be purchased from Nav press in a pack of 50, as well as a mobile app.

The other resource is by the same author, and is entitled “A Parent’s Prayer Program”.  It includes the same virtues and Bible references, but also includes brief suggestions for prayer.  I clipped this article from the February 2000 issue of Focus on the Family magazine and it doesn’t seem to be available online.

After praying for my family, I pray for the needs of my church family and pray through one page of our church’s directory each day.  I need to be faithfully praying for our governmental leaders and for world-wide revival as well.

My scriptural motivation for faithfully reading through the entire Bible is found in the following verses:

II Timothy 3:16, 17 “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (emphasis added)

I hope this has been an encouragement to you if you’re struggling to find a consistent Bible study routine! 

Lynette Roukes _For as long as I can remember, I have attempted to faithfully maintain a routine of daily Bible study and devotions, including organized Bible reading and prayer.

Lynette Roukes is a happy resident of New Hampshire, the mother of two godly grown daughters, and a wife for 41 years and counting. After homeschooling her kids from K-12, Lynette spent over 10 years working in public schools as a paraprofessional before retiring in June 2023.

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