This page offers suggestions and resources for the practice of spending time each day with God. We draw life from reading God’s word, listening for God’s guidance and prayerfully reflecting on scripture, other readings, and engaging the Works of Piety.
We begin with Scripture and daily reading of the Bible is essential. Many people find it helpful to follow a set reading plan and there are numerous options available:
- 61 Day Chronological Reading Plan
This is a short plan that includes key stories in the Bible.
- 12 Month Chronological Reading Plan
This plan will take you through the Bible in a year with just a few chapters a day
- 52 Week Reading Plan
In this plan, each day of the week has readings from the various types of writing in the Bible: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, Gospels
- 121 Day Biographical Reading Plan
This plan includes readings on key people in the Bible who preceded Jesus or were part of his life and ministry.
- Read Through the Bible in a Year
This is a daily plan that begins with Genesis in January and concludes in December with Revelation.
Other devotional readings
The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide is our denomination’s most widely-read publication and is translated into many of the languages of the world. Follow the daily readings here.
Here are some popular daily devotional resources, as well as some books about the role of a daily devotional practice:
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. This daily reader has inspired people for many years and is offered here in an updated language version.
Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Psalms, and Prayers by Larry J. Peacock. Readers spend daily time with the Psalms through the year and include options for engaging in various prayer practices.
Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition by Steve Harper. This is an excellent resource for a beginning level small group study of the devotional life and its practices. It is also a good refresher for more experienced practitioners.
Prayer and the Devotional Life of United Methodists by Steve Harper. This resource examines the various devotional practices from a Wesleyan perspective.
The content on this page has been adapted from a site provided by the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.