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Can You Cultivate Deep Devotion in This Digital Age?

Yesterday, we looked at 18 Obstacles to a Devotional Life in the Digital Age. Today, I want to give you some tips to keep your spiritual head above the water in the face of the digital deluge.

1. Take guilt to God.

Mention devotions to most Christians and the guilt meter goes straight to red: guilt over failure to do them, guilt over lack of profit in them, guilt over rushing through them.

As there’s nothing so motivating as starting with a clean sheet, let’s take all our guilt to God and find the energy and freedom that comes from a full and free forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

2. Get to bed early.

The main reason why people skip devotions is going to bed so late that they cannot get up in time in the morning to read and pray.

3. Turn off your phone and avoid the computer.

It’s absolutely vital that you meet with God before anyone else in the day. Keep your mind free of digital distractions.

4. Have a shower and eat breakfast first. 

Refresh yourself by getting the blood flowing and the blood sugar levels rising.

5. Don’t share your daily devotions in social media.

This changes the whole nature of the communion and communication between you and God because you are thinking “How can I FB or tweet this?” Keep it just between you and God.

6. Establish a regular time and place.

For the vast majority, this will be first thing in the morning before everyone else is up. Ideally, a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and where you will not disturb others.

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Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary. He is also Pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church. David is the author of Christians get depressed too, How Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page. You can read his blog at HeadHeartHand.org/blog or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray. David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 4 months to 17 years old, and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.