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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!