We Need Personal Revival:
We can never have revival in America unless we begin with ourselves as individuals. Certainly we may be inspired by revival preaching or some other external stimulus. But why wait? Why not today rather than 'tomorrow'? Each of us can begin our own personal revival at any time.
There are entire books on the subject, but it need not be so complicated. Rather than creating a long list of what you need to do, choose a list or build your own. I recommend our A.W. Tozer page: A. W. Tozer on 'How To Have a Personal Revival'
Links to useful articles on other websites:
4 Steps to Personal Revival. Questions we should be asking ourselves; sort of a spiritual inventory.
How to Experience and Maintain Personal Revival. From Campus Crusade for Christ International.
Personal Revival. In the form of Bible verses and statements and questions to ask ourselves regarding them. (note that I have seen this on multiple sites; I am listing it just onece).
Why not take up the challenge of reading through the entire Bible in a year? Have you ever read the entire Bible? And if you've already done it, why not do it again? Although one might wish to start at the beginning of the year, don't let that make you put it off. Most plans for reading through the Bible allow you to begin any time.
If reading through the entire Bible in a year seems too ambitious (my own experience indicates that 15-20 minutes per day are required at a minimum), there are various other reading plans. The important thing is to get in the habit of reading the Bible daily.
Check out our Bible reading plans resource page.
Have you been telling yourself that you really should be memorizing Scripture? There is no day like today to get started. Copying Scripture by hand can be a great help, though you don't need to copy the entire Bible as the gentleman above is doing (click on image to go to article). Check out our resource page on Scripture Memorization.
No, not the Wall Street Journal.
When it comes to our spiritual life, 'journaling' or keeping a journal can take on many forms. So you can do one or more or combine several purposes into a single journal. Journals are kept for may purposes, including:
Prayer journal: simply keeping track of what you are praying about and / or need to pray about. For some, it may take the form of a to-do list, while others may recording prayers and thoughts after the fact.
Bible Study journal: recording thoughts, questions, note and more as you study the Bible. Some prefer to make their notes directly in their Bible, though space may be limited. 'Journaling Bibles' are available which allow plenty of space for your notes.
Spiritual journal: what is this? It probably falls in the category of general purpose and may include both of the above and more. Entire books have been written on the subject, but if you are thinking of just keeping a single, general purpose journal, here is a website page that gives you plenty of ideas without filling up a book. The important thing is not to feel obliged to follow someone else's rules, but go with something that works for you.
We should try to set aside time each day to spend with God's Word and in prayer. One great way to get started is by making a habit of having daily devotions, either using a book or an online resource. Check out our resource page for daily devotionals.
Most daily devotionals are subdivided into some of the following categories:
Scripture - one or more Bible verses.
Meditations / reflections on the Scripture.
Prayer - usually a brief prayer, specifically on the Scripture / meditation.
Challenge - to apply the lesson in your lfe today.
Once you have developed the habit of spending time with God each day, you will want to expand beyond the limitations of a daily devotional. In short you will not want to limit yourself to the Scripture or the prayer contained in the devotional.
Speaking of prayer, the Bible tells us to 'pray without ceasing'. Not so easy. But remember that we can pray to God informally as well as formally, with thoughts as well as words, when free from distractions or when busy with work. We can pray when going to sleep or when waking up, when in the shower or walking the dog. In short, we can pray in any manner in any place at any time.
Well, what in the heck is prayer? Simply call it a frank conversation with God. And as long as we are addressing ourselves to God, he will hear us, no matter how we go about it. If you need more meat on the definition, check this out. Some define prayer with words like formal or solemn. Pay no attention to these. Don't shy away from prayer because you are afraid of 'not doing it right.' There is no 'right', though you may form your own preferences.
If you really need an example, consider the Lord's Prayer. Some use the ACTS acronym for prayer content (Adoration, Confessions, Thanksgiving, Supplication). Prayer Online has a good section on How To Pray. But the most important things is not how we pray but that we pray.
For more on what the Bible has to say about prayer, check our Scipture to memorize page for verses on prayer.
Of course it is best if we can combine several of these every day. Here are some thoughts. Please send in your own suggestions.
Find a spot where you can be alone. If you have a place - a 'war room' - that you can reserve for your quiet time, great. But most of us will have to settle for a multi-purpose location.
Try not to skip a day. Spending just a few minutes is better than spending no time at all.
Morning is the best time simply because it is a good way to start off the day. But not everyone is a morning person. Try for the same approximate time each day but remember that any time is better than none.
Start with prayer. If you have trouble figuring out what or how, why not start with the Lord's Prayer, adding in whatever might be relevant to you that particular day? And never feel your quiet time must be limited to a single prayer.
Devotions, reading the Bible, Scripture memorization, any or all of these can be included in your quiet time. A journal? Recording any verses or meaningful thoughts that come to you is a good idea.
Be patient. Don't think you have to read or study a certain amount - let the Spirit guide you. Of course, if you are committed to a reading plan, you have to allow yourself the necessary time. But remember that you can always read a little more one day, a little less another day.