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What is the purpose of a devotional?

If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine… (1 Timothy 4:6 KJV)

The purpose of the devotional depends on the meaning we attach to the term. A devotional could mean a piece of Christian writing or a book with such inspiring writings. The purpose of a devotional in this instance then is to provide a short Christian inspiration for each day. However, this is not the definition of a devotional that is most important to us from the biblical perspective.

We define the devotional as the nourishing, edifying, and refreshing effects of time spent with God in His Word and prayer. When we spend time consistently with the Lord, His presence and power directly create an impact on our hearts and lives. The goal of reading the Bible or praying is not to complete an essential task that good Christians frequently do. On the contrary, quiet time with the Lord energizes, vitalizes, inspires, and strengthens us.

Our Christian life will become richer and deeper if this devotional effect becomes a daily occurrence in our life. It is an unfortunate reality that many Christians struggle with spiritual dryness and emptiness on a constant basis. They love the Lord and are heading to heaven for sure, but they live practically far from God’s presence and power. God does not want us to live like a dry and withered tree. He wants us full of Him every single day. The devotional life is a key to this life.

Read more: What is a devotional in the Bible?

Meditate

What are the two meanings of the term “devotional” described above? What is the primary purpose of the devotional in your life?

Apply the Word

I say this frequently: there is no shortcut to intimacy with the Lord. If you want to know God’s presence and power constantly, devote yourself to prayer and the Word. It will be one of the most challenging things for you in our world today—because nothing of value comes easily. 

Pray

Ask the Father for the desire and ability to establish a healthy devotional life.

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