Why is a daily devotion/quiet time so vitally important to our spiritual growth.
It’s inconceivable (credit “The Princess Bride”) that a musician or athlete would rehearse or practice once a month or worse, a few times a year. But, that’s exactly what Satan fools believers into doing all the time.
And for good reason.
Read Paul’s words to the Ephesians below to see what we miss out on when we forget to focus some daily attention on God…
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” (Ephesians 3:16)
One author said this about the above passage:
“Spiritual power is a mark of every Christian who submits to God’s Word and Spirit. God’s magnificent power is readily available for all who discipline their minds to study his word, understand it, and live by it. As a result, the Holy Spirit will energize, revitalize and empower you. God’s power, working in and through believers, is unlimited and far beyond our comprehension.”
Becoming clearer why the enemy will do all possible to prevent us from daily intimacy with Christ?
Christ said in John 15, “Apart from me you can do nothing”, and compared those who ignore him – intentionally or unintentionally – to a branch that’s broken off from it’s trunk, eventually drying up and dying.
I heard a preacher a long time ago say something I’ve never forgotten. He said,
“If Satan can’t keep a person from becoming a Christian, he’ll simply keep that Christian busy.”
When I played baseball and football in high school, and took piano lessons – it didn’t matter what – we always began every practice and rehearsal with fundamentals.
Spiritual discipline is no different.
Even if it’s 5 minutes, set aside time daily to “tap into” his might and power.
Love you, Nick