By Jerome Baker
There are some things that young people do daily and no one has to remind them to do so. Using social media, talking to particular friends, or even going certain places are a few examples. But spending quality time in prayer and in God’s Word should be primary in a Christian’s daily walk with God. Here are a few reasons young people should have personal daily devotion with God.
1. First things first
I believe God should be number one! Thank God for good friends, a job, and other amenities that make life comfortable, but pleasing God should be primary. In order to keep God first there must be a set a time to pray and read God’s Word daily. In order to keep the Lord first in your life, remember what Jesus said in Luke 2:49. And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Daniel 6:10 ….he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
2. Stay focused
Daily devotion with God, especially in the morning helps keep you focused. Many of us deal with mean, wicked, and ratchet folks at school, on the job, and in college. Praying, reading the Word, and meditating on the Word helps you to stay focused on the will of God throughout the day instead of allowing the cares of life, the attack of demons, and the foolishness of people to ensnare you. If you lose focus throughout the day, thank God for technology. You can listen to your pastor’s message on CD or listening to a Bible based podcast can help you stay focused throughout the day (check out mine by clicking here).
God’s Word and prayer are the best sources of strength. When you feel weak, pull out your Bible or mobile device and get your mind and spirit right. When you are sitting on the toilet in the bathroom, instead of playing a game on your phone, read a Scripture! The Word is alive and able to strengthen you no matter where you are or what you are up against.
Job 4:4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees;
4. Position yourself to prosper
Spending consistent time with God sets you up for blessings. God’s Word is a seed and when we plant the Word in our heart it will produce fruit. God’s Word will enrich the lives of those who believe it and practice it with a good heart. Having daily devotion with God doesn’t help God, it helps us.
Psalms 1:1-2 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
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© Copyright 2015 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor at his church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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