Like most activities in life, your devotional life can get stuck. As humans we always strive for predictability and security. But with your devotional life, doing the same thing over and over can lead you into a religious rut instead of giving spiritual life.
Without realizing it, you do the same thing over and over again. You are trained by the habit. For me the alarm rings, I make coffee, log into EXAMEN.me and start doing my thing. The same thing I did yesterday. And because of my personality and theological training, I tend to approach the scripture in a similar way.
Part of this is good. It is what gets you into the healthy habit of engaging and reflecting on scripture for spiritual transformation. But after months or years it can become a dull routine with no life.
So how do you get unstuck in your devotional life?
Renew Your Mind
It is so easy to do things and not remind ourselves why we do them. Before you begin your devotional time, reset you vision. Remember that personal devotional time is not just a habit; it is an opportunity to commune with the living God, read his very words, and engage in conversation with him. Much more than a habit, it is a intimate opportunity to commune with the living God.
Change Things Up
If you usually use your laptop or mobile device to read scripture, start using a printed bible. If you usually pray at the end of the scripture reading, start praying before. If you read 3–5 chapters a day, force yourself to only read and meditate on 3–5 verses. If you usually look at the study notes in your bible, use a bible with no study notes. Change it up, change it up, change it up. It will help you seek the same subject, Christ, but lets you travel down a unfamiliar road with new and beautiful scenery.
Don’t Give Up
If your time with Christ is dry, please do not give up. We all have desert times, but there is no price you can pay for the growth that happens over a long period of time when we have been trained by the discipline of personally worshiping and communing with God.
So how do you get unstuck? I want to hear your suggestions in the comment section below.