Personal Journey

What is a Devotional? (Part I)

A devotional is a time you set aside for you and God.

If you are new to the Christian faith or coming back after a long absence, you might be asking yourself “What is a devotional?” Even a few church members who have been raised in the faith may not be sure why they should take time every day for some quiet time with God. 

This article discusses that question and others about the practice. The fundamental understanding of what is a devotional is a time set aside for reading the Bible, thinking about spiritual matters, and praying to God. We all do things somewhat different. Let’s talk about why we do devotionals.

Why Do We Do a Devotional?

The concept of doing a devotional to some degree is laid out in scripture with the rituals of David and Christ Himself. Psalm 5:3 is an example of this with David declaring to God “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” 

In Mark 1:35, we read that “In the early morning… Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” There are numerous other examples in the Bible. The point is that a devotional is a customary part of the Christian life.

The reason for devotionals is to take some time from the daily routine and concentrate on spiritual matters for a while. Regardless if you’re struggling with something or going through a happy phase in life, a devotional will remind you that there is a higher calling and a bigger picture than what you see day today. There is no one way to have a devotional. Some folks like to do one early in the morning, while others do it during the day.