Have you ever struggled to spend time with God every day? You have a Bible reading plan, your "assigned" reading for the day, your Rejoice magazine or other devotion book. So what's wrong? Why is it so difficult to get into a routine and read the Bible every day?
Sometimes we lack focus.
Sometimes we struggle to find the time.
Sometimes it's another item to check off a to-do list.
And sometimes... we're just don't feel motivated.
The aim of our Bible reading in our devotions this week [April 25-30 +the great adventure] is not just the response of the mind, but of the heart. God gave us the Bible not just to inform our minds, but also to transform our hearts — to enjoy the great adventure through God's word!
Ask your teen...
Do you find it difficult to find time for devotions? Why or why not?
Have you ever put yourself in a Bible story?
What Bible characters inspire you?
Encourage your teen...
Slow down and focus on what God is saying to you in scripture:
- Read small sections.
- Read one passage several times, read slowly, absorbing each word.
- Ask yourself questions: What words or phrases jump out at me? What confuses me? How can I apply this to my life? What does the passage tell me about God?
- Write down your reactions to the passage.
- Rewrite the passage so that it speaks directly to your life today.
- Read the scripture from different translations.
- There are various helpful resources for reading scripture; the Swedish Method, S.O.A.P. (stands for scripture, observation or objective, application, prayer), Dwelling in the Word, Lectio Divina and more. Go to http://www.centralplainsmc.org/word-and-spirit.html to check out the various methods at the Central Plains Mennonite Conference website.
Now that we live in the digital age, we can access God's word on phones, tablets, and laptops. We can carry God's word with us and God can speak to us wherever we go. The Holy Bible Life. Church App sends a daily inspirational verse. There's tons out there and most of them are free! Search the App Store and find one that appeals to you!
Prayer: Lord, help us to see your word not as a task on a to-do list, but as the key to a relationship with you. Lead us to the passages we need to read, and help us to understand your word to us. Amen.