Devotionals for the New Year
Daily prayer and Bible reading is critical to grow in the Christian life, and a helpful tool is a daily devotional. There are many excellent monthly and quarterly magazines provided free at our church, including The Word for You Today (full of practical Bible application), Stand Firm (for men), Journey (for women), and Open Windows (for senior adults and those desiring to pray by name for missionaries on their birthday).
However, many people like to get a book with readings for the entire year. If you are shopping for a yearly devotional, the two classic, all-time best, in my opinion, are Experiencing God Day-by-Day, by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, and My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers (I recommend the updated edition.) Another excellent classic, Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon, provides readings for morning and evening every day. A Year with C.S. Lewis provides great selections from Lewis’s writings for every day of the year. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is an extremely popular devotional that uses the literary device of speaking to the reader as if it is the words of Jesus Himself. Voices of the Faithful, edited by Beth Moore, has devotional stories by missionaries. Our Love Is Here to Stay: A Daily Devotional for Couples, by Tony and Lois Evans, is an outstanding book for married couples.
Of course, no devotional is a substitute for reading the Bible itself. If you have never read through the Bible, perhaps you could begin with a chapter of the New Testament every weekday, which would get you through the entire New Testament in a year. Or if you are ready to do more, you could add one Psalm a day and read through the Psalms twice in a year. If you wish to read the whole Bible in a year, read about three Old Testament chapters and one New Testament chapters a day. You may also want to consider using a new translation each year, so that you learn fresh insights. The Message and the New Living Translation are easy to read, but are not literal translations. The Holman Christian Standard Bible is an accurate, easy-to-read translation that sometimes chooses to be bold in using an alternate reading from the traditional translation of a text.
May God bless you as you dig into His word and seek His heart in prayer!
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