4 min
By: Kaye Olivar

Back to Basics: Preparing, Sharing, and Closing a Conversation about Devotion

Being a follower of Christ is seen in how we live our lives, but what keeps us from just doing religion or from simply following a set of rules is vibrant communication with God that changes our hearts and minds. This is the essence of doing devotions. To help you prepare, share, and transition from this chapter on devotion in ONE 2 ONE, we’ve come up with these basic tips.

Before Sharing About Devotion

  1. Pray as you study the chapter on Devotion. As you go through the Scriptures, ask the Holy Spirit to help you see how powerful the word of God has been since the beginning of time.
  2. Desire that as God transforms your heart, He will also stir hunger in every person you will share the word of God to.
  3. Pray for the person you will meet and ask them if they already own a Bible. A physical Bible is always the best, but another option is a Bible app.
  4. Ask them to download the English Standard Version, New Living Translation, or New American Standard Bible that are mostly used by our pastors and leaders during worship services. This will help them follow through and locate Scriptures when they are listening to sermons or while you are sharing in your Victory group.

While Sharing About Devotion

  1. Ask the person to read the Scriptures in the chapter.
  2. You may share your own experience in encountering God through His word.
  3. You may also point out the difference between inspirational talk or quotes and the authority of God’s word over our lives.
  4. Speak of the joy of fellowship we have in spending undisturbed and unhurried time with God. You can illustrate this with how close friendships develop from being complete strangers: it’s grown through constant communication and quality time together.
  5. As we teach them about praying to God, you may encourage them to create a prayer list they can use as a guide. This may include concerns about their personal and family life, their community, campus, the nation, and even the rest of the world.

After Sharing About Devotion

  1. The Personal Application will lead you to ask them about forgiving others. Take that time to find opportunities to further minister. Don’t hesitate to go back to the Scriptures you two went through in the previous chapters.
  2. Help them jumpstart their habit of diving into the word and in prayer. You can point them to easy-to-follow Bible Reading plans or devotional plans in apps.
  3. You may also suggest books that will help them grow in their spiritual disciplines, such as Habits of Grace by David Mathis or Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton.
  4. Set up a date for your next meeting with them. Pray for God to establish them in His word.
  5. Are they connected to a Victory group yet? Encourage them to join our church community so they can also experience studying the word and praying with others.
About the author
Kaye Olivar

Kaye is an incoming Campus Missionary from Every Nation Campus Bataan. She’s an ENFP who loves to do random things, write, call her dog just to tease him, or read a good book. When she’s not serving the students in the campus, she’s by her window, painting book covers, just for fun.

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