True Christianity is not religion, it’s a personal relationship with God. And in any relationship, it’s important that there is two-way communication occurring.
What relationship can last if only one person is doing all the talking? Not a one.
Yet that’s what many of our Christian walks have become. We have a bad habit to ignore God, and then pray when we are in trouble. And even then many don’t pick up the Bible.
Going to church is great, and listening to Christian radio is something I recommend, but it doesn’t replace the daily devotional time needed to grow spiritually.
John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I also encourage you write down notes on your readings. Collect your observations on your readings and how you plan to apply it to your life and journal it. One popular method of Biblical journaling is the S.O.A.P. method.
Scripture: Start off with the Bible. Read the portion of scripture that is on your plan for the day and write down the verses that stood out to you.
Observation: What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. This can be one sentence or several pages.
Application: How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today?
Prayer: Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask Him to help you apply this truth in your life. Spend time thanking God. Also spend some time in silence listening to God.