If there’s anything in our life that we want to do with regularity, we have to plan for it. It’s just practical living. If we want to read our Bibles regularly, then we have to prioritize it in our lives. Same thing for prayer. Same thing with church involvement.
I find that it’s better to think about building your life around spiritual disciplines rather than fitting them in when you can, and so that means finding a time to read your Bible whenever you can most regularly show up to do it. For some of us, that’s first thing in the morning. For some of us, that’s maybe your lunch hour or that hour before you go to bed. Whatever that time is for you that you can show up to on a regular basis, that’s what you need to give to your spiritual disciplines and building your life around that.
If we want to read our Bibles regularly, then we have to prioritize it in our lives.
Same thing with church—church being like an ingrained part of your life, not just something you do if you don’t have anything better to do. I think that is how you build those disciplines into a regular part of your life—building your life around them rather than just fitting in pieces—because it is with time in the Lord’s Word, with the Lord’s people, and in prayer with him that those things become dear to you.
And the more you give yourself to them on a regular basis, then that habit sort of lays the path for joy in those disciplines.
Building spiritual disciplines into your daily routine requires intentional planning and commitment. Here are some steps you can take to plan your day and incorporate spiritual disciplines into your routine:
- Begin with prayer and meditation: Start your day by setting aside some time for prayer and meditation. This will help you to focus your mind and heart on God and prepare you for the day ahead.
- Create a daily schedule: Create a schedule that allows time for spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship with other believers. Make sure to prioritize these activities in your schedule and avoid allowing other things to take their place.
- Set aside a specific time for Bible study: Set aside a specific time each day to read and study the Bible. This could be in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening before bed. You can use a Bible study guide or devotional to help guide your study.
- Schedule time for prayer: Schedule time for prayer throughout your day. This could be in the morning, before meals, during breaks at work, or in the evening before bed. Use this time to pray for yourself, your family, friends, and those in need.
- Attend church services: Make attending church services a priority in your schedule. This will allow you to worship with other believers and receive spiritual nourishment from sermons and fellowship.
- Practice gratitude: Throughout your day, take time to practice gratitude by thanking God for the blessings in your life. This will help you to maintain a positive attitude and keep your focus on God.
Remember, building spiritual disciplines into your daily routine requires discipline and commitment. But with intentional planning and the help of the Holy Spirit, you can develop a deeper relationship with God and grow in your spiritual walk.