Routinary or Necessary?

By:  Ria Lucindo


A lot of times, I mentally summarize a sermon or a Christian radio broadcast. The common bottom line is to pray and read the Bible. Both are effective ways to grow spiritually, they say. It’s ingrained in my mind just like the song. “Read your Bible, pray every day, pray every day.”


Eventually, it sounded like one of those recipes for success such as, if you want to lose weight, diet and exercise should do the trick. Or if you want to make improvements in your financial status, then spend less, earn more. They’re very practical, simple principles to follow.


Over time, I have made it a point to spend time praying and reading the Word of God daily. However, being phlegmatic, I have turned these two actions into a routine that I have to follow. It is much like a task that I have to check off my list. And when I miss it, I feel terrible and expect my day to be horrible.


God has been teaching me, in my daily devotions, of course, that His Words are nourishment and prayer time is my lifeline to Him. But more importantly, those two actions in itself does not make me right with God. Nor do they put me on His bad side when I fail to do it.

His Words are nourishment and prayer time is my lifeline to Him.


God, from even before time began, knows that nobody can be right in His eyes. (For all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23). Christ is my righteousness, and it is because of Him that I am right in God’s eyes. It is not because I am following the keys to some success. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.”


It does not change the fact that prayer and devoting time to His Word will take me to towering heights spiritually. But God is working in me to look at them as precious time spent with Him. It is the time necessary for Him to change me from the inside out.

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