Personal Devotions

Definition: A time set aside each day for my personal and intentional union with God,

wherein He loves me, imparts His life and nature to me, cleanses me, feeds my soul, teaches me,

reminds me, delights me, dialogues with me, empowers me and answers my prayers …

so that I will bear fruit, be more and more like Jesus, and bring glory to God.

Scripture: "As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." Psalm 42:1

Hillside is intentional about helping people spend time alone with God.

It's our first measurement of a follower of Jesus.

Personal devotions require just a few simple things:

  • You
  • God
  • The Bible
  • Prayer
  • Time

A regularly scheduled time each day, like early in the morning, is best for staying faithful. 

A planned Bible reading is also best. Millions of Christians have used The One Year Bible.

Some use prayer books such as, Prayers for the Moment, by Jim and Kaye Johns,

to help them pray meaningfully for various people and subjects in their lives.

Additional help is also useful: for example, classic daily meditations such as, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers;

Table Talk, by Martin Luther, Our Daily Bread; Streams in the Desert, by Charles E. Cowan,

and Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon.


In a similar way, our personal devotions help us lead family devotions.

As in everything important in life, most things are "caught" rather than "taught,"

so leading our families in devotions helps children understand

how they can spend time alone with God, too.