Let’s be honest. Most of us – if not every one of us – struggle with the idea of spending time in the word every day. If you’re like me, your struggle doesn’t come from lack of desire. You know the benefits of spending time in the word and in prayer every day; you just never can get into a discipline of doing it every day.
Let me give you a couple of encouragements before I present the 16 best places I’ve found on the internet to help you build this daily discipline.
Don't compare yourself to others
First, don’t compare yourself to others when it comes to your devotional life or anything else in your relationship with the Father. When we look at our pastors, our Sunday school teachers, or our devout friends, it’s easy to think they have it all together spiritually. It’s easy to think they must have their daily time with God figured out because they exude Godliness in their lives.
That is just not true! We all have struggles – and even if they don’t struggle with this particular discipline – I’ll guarantee they struggle with another one. It’s the nature of the spiritual battle we fight.
Don't beat yourself up
Second, don’t beat yourself up when you miss a day – or a week – of your devotions. Just pick up your Bible and start again. God doesn’t expect perfection. There are many reasons daily devotions are so important, but one of the biggest is because they help us build a personal relationship with our loving Heavenly Father. They help us learn about his faithfulness and love; about his demands of obedience and sacrifice; and about how his followers have dealt with life’s struggles – and how God has helped them through those struggles.
When we miss our daily time with him, it’s not a sin. It’s just a missed opportunity for him to speak into our lives, challenge us, and encourage us. A missed opportunity for us to ask questions and get direction for our lives. Check out Romans 8:1-17.
Maybe this thought will help. When I first started driving an over the road truck for a living, I had to spend 28 days on the road and would get 4 days off before heading out again. During those 28 days away, I would only occasionally talk to my wife. And most of the time, those conversations were by text message rather than a phone call.
It's about relationships not rules
Did the fact that my wife and I hadn’t talked for a week or more mean our relationship was bad? Did it mean our marriage was in trouble? No, it didn’t. But when I came home, it did take a little time – and focused energy from both of us – to restore the intimacy in our relationship.
Our relationship with God is the same. The more time we spend away from God’s word and without talking or listening to him, the easier it is for us to drift away from him and believe the devil’s lies. Especially the lie that God doesn’t want an intimate relationship with us anymore because it’s been too long. God is there waiting and he wants an intimate relationship with you. All you have to do is earnestly seek him and he promises you will find him (Jer 29:12-14, Deut 4:29-30, and Matt 7:7-8).
The more time we spend away from God’s word & without listening to him, the easier it is to drift away & believe the devil’s lies.
16 Websites for Daily Devotionals
With those two thoughts in mind, each of the sites below offers daily inspiration to help you improve your relationship with God. Whenever I could find it, I linked to the ministry’s core beliefs. I encourage you to check them out.
- Truth for Life (beliefs statement) - site offers devotions plus radio broadcasts. The devotionals are originally written by Charles Spurgeon and updated by Alistair Begg. Online version Email version App
- Bible Gateway (beliefs statement) - offer free and paid plans and have many different kinds of devotionals (for men, for women, C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, for families, etc). Online version Email version only available by signing up for a free account.
- Crosswalk (beliefs statement) - many different kinds of devotionals (for men, for women, for families, for spiritual development, etc. Online Version Email version App
- Our Daily Bread (beliefs statement) - the same Our Daily Bread devotionals many churches give out. Online version Email version App Mail version
- My Utmost for His Highest (beliefs statement) - Oswald Chambers' famous devotional adapted for today and published by Our Daily Bread. Online version Sign up for email version at the bottom of any devotional page.
- Our Daily Journey (beliefs statement) - published by Our Daily Bread. Online version Sign up for email version at the bottom of any devotional page.
- In Touch Ministries by Charles Stanley - offers access to TV and radio episodes as well as daily devotionals and notes from Charles Stanley's sermons to his church. Online version
- Back to the Bible - offers online devotions by numerous well known Christian figures like Warren Wiersbe and Woodrow Kroll as well as online Bible reading plans and their radio shows. Online version Only one devotional is offered by e-mail from a banner on the devotionals page. App
- Proverbs 31 Ministries (beliefs statement) - devotionals and Bible studies written for women by women Online version Email version sign up is on the same page.
- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (beliefs statement) - devotions as well as Billy Graham TV and radio broadcasts Online version App
- Rick Warren (beliefs statement) - Pastor Rick Warren's daily devotionals. Online version Email sign up on the same page.
- Insight for Living by Chuck Swindoll (beliefs statement) - offers radio broadcast info, Bible helps, and devotionals. Online version Email sign up on the same page
- The Navigators (beliefs statement) - offers Bible, prayer, discipleship and devotional resources. Devotionals are only available through email. Email version
- Scripture Union - offers three Bible reading/devotional plans. I recommend starting with the Daily Discovery plan - that's the one I get by email every day. Online version (sign up for e-mails at the bottom of online devotional page Mail or PDF version
- Bible.com aka 'YouVersion' (beliefs statement) - many different devotionals on hundreds of topics. Online version App
- Christianity.com (beliefs statement) - three different online devotionals or about 50 different ones by e-mail. Also offers bible reading plans and some Spanish resources by e-mail. Online version Email sign up on the same page.
If you found this list helpful, please take the time to share it with a friend or your pastor. I'm sure they would be grateful. Thanks for reading this far!