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July 20
Luke 15:11-32

11And He said, “A man had two sons.12“The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them.13“And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.14“Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.15“So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.16“And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.17“But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!18‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’20“So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.21“And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22“But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;23and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;24for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

25“Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.26“And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be.27“And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’28“But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.29“But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;30but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’31“And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.32‘But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”


LightbulbTips on spending devotional time with God

There are many methods to quieting ourselves to spend devotional time with God. Below are several suggestions to approaching spending time with God.

  1. Set a time. We’ve all heard it said that it takes between 21 days to three weeks for something to become a habit. Set aside a time for devotions that will allow you to be consistent most days during your week. In the bible, most Christians spent morning hours with God—meeting God before meeting men. However, if the morning isn’t a convenient time, choose a time of day that will allow you to be consistent.
  2. Locate an area free of distraction. When Jesus spent time with God, He usually went off by Himself to spend quiet, alone time with God. We should follow His example. When we sit down to meditate on the word of God, we should do this without interruptions from the television and phone.
  3. Read God’s word. Reading God’s word during devotional time is beneficial for several reasons. Firstly, it allows us a subject upon which we can meditate; secondly, we are commanded in the bible to “put on the full armor of God.” That armor is the word of God. Thirdly, the reply we are waiting on from God can come in the form of scripture.


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