How big are devotions in your life? Is It something you do every day? Or is it something you struggle with doing consistently? Do we even need to read God’s Word outside of Church? Well, over the next couple of months that’s what I will be writing about. This month we will be discussing what a devoion is and why we need to do them.
Devotions come in many different shapes and sizes, but it really boils down to private prayer, worship, and reading The Bible. Devotions are typically done by one person or a small group of people like a family or a small group. They don’t have to be crazy and complex. They can be as simple as reading a verse and praying about it. The overall goal of a devotion is to get us reading God’s living and breathing Word so that we can use it in our own lives to further the Kingdom and then for us also to be in prayer.
So, if that’s what a devotion is then why do we need to do it. Well, it’s simple why we need devotions - it’s because the Bible says that we need to read it and be in prayer in our lives. So, let’s look at some specific verses. First let’s look at Isiah 40:8. It says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall but the word of our God endures forever.” So, this means that God’s Word is forever. If it is forever, then that means we should probably be reading it. Jesus also has some things to say about reading Scripture. He says in Matthew 4:4, “But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”. Jesus says this powerful verse when He is being tempted by the devil. This verse means that food and other things we need to survive on this earth aren’t the only things we need. We also need the Word of God.
So that means we need to be reading the Bible and praying about it. So, all in all its pretty clear that we are called to be in Scripture and a great way to do that is by having daily devotions. Next month we will discuss what some different ways to do devotions are and some resources you can use to help you be more consistent in your devotional life.
Aaron Finkel, DCE Intern
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