In our recent series “Hunger” at Grace Community Church, I shared a system I have used for spiritual growth that has helped me mature. I had numerous people ask me the following week to describe the details of my “system”. It really isn’t anything scientific or deeply thought out, but has helped me greatly.
Using a simple school folder with dividers and notebook paper in each section, and a calendar that fits in a 3 ring binder I have the following sections:
- Things that I’m reading in the Bible and what I am learning from it.
- Books that I’m reading and things I’m learning from them.
- Prayer requests for people I know well. Since I know many things to pray for them, so they all get their own page. I often spend a month on one page for one person before moving to the next page.
- Prayer requests from various people as they share them or I observe them.
- A calendar of prayer requests, mostly the ones in number 3 and 4, but it helps me to write them on the calendar each day as I pray for them.
- Verses that I’m trying to memorize.
- My personal journal of thoughts I have; written out to God.
To clarify, I do not use this system every day. In fact, I do not use it but every few years for a few months at a time, but when I really want to discipline myself for spiritual growth, this is the system I use.
More than anything, I encourage you to have a discipline for your spiritual growth. Your system doesn’t have to be this intense, but, from my experience, without discipline, you are less likely to mature. For more thoughts on that, listen to my message on the subject HERE or watch the message HERE.
What is your system?
For more thoughts on devotions, click HERE.