We had family devotions every morning when I was growing up. From as young as I can remember until I went to college, my father would lead us in worship, reading the Bible, and prayer each day. It is one of the most cherished things I learned from my father.
Along with our daily devotions, my father had a prayer schedule. There are many things Scripture tells us to pray about that we often overlook. But having a prayer schedule helped us to be diligent to remember these things in our devotions. We would pray for family and friends, the church, our nation and Israel, our work, had a special time to give thanks, etc. Each day was devoted to one of these themes.
My father taught me what he learned from one of his own mentors, Derek Prince, that "to be more spiritual, sometimes we have to be more practical."
If we had not practically worked into our daily schedule our devotions and remembering specific things to pray about, they probably would not have gotten done. Many people simply don’t make it a priority to read the Scripture and to pray because they don’t set aside the time.
My husband and I have adopted these practices into our own life together. Each morning we spend time in the word and prayer. And we even have our own prayer schedule so we can make sure to cover all the things that concern us, giving them over the Lord. It has proven to be a huge blessing to us as individuals and in our marriage.
I encourage each of you, no matter what stage of life you are in to do the same, single, married, or married with children. The benefits are eternal.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Th. 5:16-18
"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth….I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting…" 1 Tim. 2:1-4, 8
"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word." Psalm 119:9
"Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You." Psalm 119:11
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." Gal. 6:7-8