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Parenting Discipleship

By Craig Caster

APPENDIX D

HOW TO DEVELOP INTIMACY WITH GOD THROUGH DAILY DEVOTIONS

Homework

  • Intimacy Marked by very close association, contact, or friendship developing through long association; very familiar; suggesting informal warmth or privacy; of a very personal nature.
  1. Choose the best time of day (morning or evening) to commit to setting aside devotional time. Don’t set yourself up for discouragement by setting a goal that you will not be able to keep. Start small, and then add time as you grow. Begin with 15 minutes.
  2. Choose a book of the Bible. Read one chapter, or less if it is a long chapter or verses that you want to ponder. In addition, you may also want to read a daily devotional. See suggestions listed below.
  3. Pray. Specifically pray over the truths you have read, asking God to speak to you about how you can obey; what you should do or what you should change in your life in order to obey.
  4. Spend a few minutes in quiet listening. This may be uncomfortable for you at first. Living in a noise-filled world, most of us are not accustomed to sitting quietly. Persevere and God will be faithful to speak to you. Remember that the Holy Spirit is dwelling in your heart and mind and can minister to you in your thoughts!
  5. Journal. Write out what these verses mean to you.
  • Journal A record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use.
  1. Pray. Use the following to help you pray effectively:

Adoration – Worship and praise God

Confession – Confess and repent of any known sins

Thanksgiving – Expressing gratitude for God’s blessings in your life

Supplication – Humbly make requests for your needs and the needs of others

  1. Pray that God will help you to know and acknowledge His presence throughout your day.

SUGGESTED DEVOTIONALS

Biblical Principles for a Strong Foundation, by Craig Caster

Daily Experience with God, by Andrew Murray

Drawing Near: Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith, by John F. MacArthur

Every Day with Jesus: First Steps with New Believers, by Greg Laurie

Experiencing God, by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King

Meet the Bible: A Panorama of God’s Word…, by Philip Yancey and Brenda Quinn

My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers

On the Other Side of the Garden, by Virginia Ruth Fugate (married women)

Streams in the Desert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

The One Year Book of Psalms, by William J. Peterson and Randy Petersen

The Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Omartian (married women)

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