‘One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.’ Luke 6:12-13
Daily reading and devotionals are fine if they serve as an aid to real communication between us and God. However, for many people the ‘Faith for Today’ type devotionals have become a substitute for communication. There is a mentality that a verse a day will keep the devil at bay, or that someone else devotional thoughts become mine simply because I read them. This is religious.
When we meet privately with God we should read the Bible conversationally, praying and reading simultaneously. When we pray it should not be according to a template of first thanksgiving, then intercession, and then petition. Rather, we should talk to God as humble but loving children, expressing our hearts with honesty and transparency.
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