For much of my Christian life, I’ve struggled to be consistent with respect to having a daily quiet time. I knew that the Bible directs us to spend time reading, praying, and meditating on God’s word, His work in our lives, and on His son Jesus Christ. I also understood that a daily devotion is the primary (but not only) method God uses to mature us as Believers. The truth of the matter is that unless we know Christ, we will not trust Christ, unless we trust Christ, we will not obey Christ. Of course, none of what I’ve written above is meant to discount the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
A friend and I were discussing this topic when we stumbled upon what has turned out to be the answer for us…and it’s so simple. Here’s how it works:
(1) Ask a couple of buddies if they would be interested in holding you and each other accountable for having a daily devotion.
(2) If so, then once each man completes his personal quiet time, he texts the word “Amen” to the other guys in his group. Note: If you prefer, you can use email rather than texting. Note: Texting charges may apply, depending on your phone plan.
(3) If more than a couple of days pass without receiving an “Amen” from one or more of the other guys in your group, send them a word of encouragement.
(4) Periodically, get together as a group for a time of fellowship, such as a breakfast or lunch.
Believe it or not, that’s the method. I know it sounds too simple, but this method is now being used by many of my friends with great results. Why not give it a try?