Sometimes spending time with God is harder than it has to be.
Other times it seems like a holy conversation with Him is the easiest thing in the world.We all know what makes a good time with God as far as our personal selves go.
Some people can only pray while walking outside and others have to sit in a quiet place so they don’t get distracted.Some people need to do it the first thing in the morning and others are naturally wired to be more receptive in the evenings.
And still others never need any help knowing how to listen or knowing what to talk about, while others have prayer journals, lists, have a worship playlist, or have a print or digital devotional book nearby.
While devotional books are easily found, it can be hard to know exactly where to look. The team at Young Church Leaders wanted to point out five print devotionals that can be fruitful in your time with God.
5 Excellent Devotionals to Consider for Your Time With God
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
What sets this devotional apart from others is it’s focus on God’s presence. While other devotional material may give you a challenge, some encouragement, or even some light spiritual homework, Jesus Calling doesn’t do that—and it’s wonderful.
You would think it would get old, but Jesus Calling reminds the reader what it means to feel God’s presence, listen to His voice, and receive His direction over your life. This is great for the person who may have Type-A personalities or who deal with worry on a regular basis.
Listening to Your Life by Frederick Buechner
This devotional volume is for those who may consider themselves what I’ll call a poetic thinker. This is for those after a sense of intense reflection, simple beauty, and becoming comfortable with holy mystery.
This devotional is put together from different stories, essays, and sermons by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Frederick Buechner. His following quote could very well serve as the theme of this book of daily meditations:
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” -Frederick Buechner
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
This devotional works well for individuals on-the-go who need to slow down a bit. This book also keeps the readers firmly planted in the Gospels and offers a nugget of day-changing truth each morning. This offers a good balance of challenge and encouragement.
Check this out if you are in steady need of heart re-calibration or need reminders that God’s grace and goodness need to be at the forefront of your mind. This resource is an excellent way for you to consistently give God the first fruits of your day.
The Songs of Jesus by Tim Keller and Kathy Keller
It has been said that every human emotion that has ever been felt can be found expressed in the Psalms. Consider this volume as well for getting to know these songs and poems just as Jesus did.
For the artistic, musical, poetic or simply for those after devotional material that deals with a sometimes-overlooked Old Testament book. All 150 Psalms are explored and connected to life in the here and now.
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
This one is an old-y but a good-y. There’s a reason this is the most used devotional of all time. The print edition of this classic has the shortest daily readings of any of the suggested works in this article. This will appeal to those who appreciate a certain amount of holy reverence that may be lacking in other works.
Furthermore, this devotional work offers grace and truth in equal measure. Consider this for something simple and weighty that has stood the test of time over the last century.