If you are like me you probably struggle to read the Bible consistently and every day. As the old children's song goes "Read you Bible every day and you will grow, grow, grow". But it is hard when pressures of life crowd out our time to read God's word to us. Then we complain that we are not hearing God and we begin to feel distant from Him. That's when a daily devotional is a brilliant help.
There's a whole variety these days, suitable for every level of faith and they come with or without the date, so if you'd rather read a few days in a chunk you don't need to feel guilty. Below are a few examples of each type.
(You'll find children's devotionals on the Children's Books page)
Life Every Day
Apply the Bible to life each day with these popular life application notes written by well-known international speaker and bestselling author Jeff Lucas.
- Humour, challenge and practical insights for life
- A different topic covered in depth over two months
Explore - For Your Daily Walk With God
Most Christians are hungry for God to speak to them, but when it comes to reading the Bible, it can sometimes feel more like eating your greens; good for us, but a bit of a struggle. Surely it shouldn't be like this?
Explore works through the Bible a section at a time and helps you to discover for yourself the heart of God’s message. It gets you really studying Scripture, pointing you to the text for answers. It also has sections that invite you to reflect on, apply and pray through what you’ve read.
Developing a habit of daily Bible reading and prayer ensures we feed regularly on God’s magnificent truth and are strengthened for the ups and downs of every day life.
For Men - The Manual
This powerful series of short Bible notes for men is written by Carl Beech who heads up CVM (Christian Vision for Men), together with two different 'guest' contributors in each volume. Each book in the series covers 3 or 4 topics.
Each day's reading consists of a Bible verse or short passage followed by a brief analogy or story to help get the message across as well as a short prayer suggestion.It contains 60 days of readings, notes and prayers leading men of all ages into a deeper faith and a closer walk with God. Ideal for men who like to get straight to the point of the reading.
For Women - Inspiring Women Every Day
Written by women for women of all ages and from all walks of life. These notes will help to build faith and bring encouragement and inspiration to the lives and hearts of Christian women.
- Increase your faith and ignite your passion for Jesus
- Find practical support to face life’s challenges
- Be enlightened by insights into God’s Word.
Every Day With Jesus
Every Day with Jesus is one of the most popular daily Bible study tools in the world with around a million readers.
- Get practical help with life's challenges
- Gain insight into the deeper truths of Scripture
- Be challenged, comforted and encouraged
- Study six topics in depth each year
Guidelines is a unique Bible reading resource that offers four months of in-depth study, drawing on the insights of current scholarship. Its intention is to enable all its readers to interpret and apply the biblical text with confidence in today's world, while helping to equip church leaders as they meet the challenges of mission and disciple-building.
Scripture Union - Daily Bread
Daily Bread is the Bible reading guide that aims to help you hear from God as you read the Bible. If you've ever asked the question, 'What possible relevance can this verse have for me today?' or 'What difference does this passage make to my life?' then Daily Bread is for you.
Everyone needs a little help when reading the Bible. Sometimes the poetry and prose, history and revelation, or parables and proverbs need some explanation. Daily Bread provides real inspiration each time you read it. Writers of Daily Bread are from all kinds of backgrounds with all kinds of perspectives. It will challenge, encourage, surprise and inspire you as God uses the notes to speak into your life.