I’ve been on a journey with God for about 15 years now. During that time, I’ve experimented with just about every method there is out there for spending time with God and have discovered that there are essentially three steps to a devotional process.
Spending time with God involves intentional time in God’s word. There is the temptation, at times, to spend most of the time in devotional literature. So, for example, someone might read an entry from My Utmost For His Highest and call it a day. That may be ok and enough for some people, but I’m convinced that spiritual leaders have to go deeper. They have to spend more time in the Bible than just a few minutes.
By the way, through the process I’m outlining here, I’ve found that my time with God has increased.
I begin this process by reading 4-5 chapters of the Bible a day.