What length of devotional do you prefer?
You want enough material to inspire you; but not more than it takes to make a point you can remember throughout the day. How many minutes do you think that would take?
A few minutes, no more than five, is enough for me, MsDora. I like reading my Daily Word every day. The one-page of inspiration followed by a scripture is just right, with a theme for the day.
Dora my devotionals are short. Just a few lines. But I must say that on some days even first thing in the morning my mind races. And so it may take several minutes of rereading and breathing to let the thought soak in and take hold. But I always then take the time to give thanks for the devotional.
Hm MsDora, If that would mean expressing reverence, awe, singing in spirit and praising (in my mood)- most of my awaken time inside my spirit-man I have song- melody or talk with the Father (Jesus / the Holy Spirit all in the One)- that when I work- occupy. In my off of "work force" not measuring time,occasionally i might lose track of time that when I am "out there in a sphere of eternity."
A couple of Scriptures came to mind when I saw your question.
I. In Psalm 34:1 David said, "I will bless the LORD at "ALL times:" his praise shall "continually" be in my mouth." To "bless the LORD at ALL times," means to constantly tell others what GOD says about any given situation and "continually to be in my mouth" means ALWAYS give others Scripture and Verse in which GOD has spoken WORD. Consequently, it will not be "you" talking, but the LORD! You will also be "teaching" all nations in accordance with what was commanded of us in Matthew 28:20! And the other:
II. The Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 26:3-4, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose "mind" is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (v4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is "everlasting strength!" Who doesn't want "perfect peace" which is acquired by "trusting" and having "faith" in HIS WORD which gives us "everlasting strength?" Then one will be able to say, "I can do ALL things through Christ who "strengthens" me" (paraphrasing: Philippians 4:13;)!
Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ!"
Galatians 5:17 says our flesh wars against the Spirit. "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." However, did you see the preceding verse (v16)? "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Consequently, it should be a Christian's position to "devotion" with GOD ALL DAY so we will not "lust after the things of the flesh!"
REMEMBER: Trash in, trash out! WORD in, WORD out!
I think Psalms are popular and excellent. The Christ is super-excellent in a few examples. Basically, a devotional is a piece that reaches out to Something or Someone Higher, usually expressing longing; yearning; and inner cry for more Peace, Bliss, Delight ...
Again, it can take the way of praise, adoration, surrender, steadfastness or one-pointedness, rememberance...
You can take a couple from the Christ or Psalms or the book I gave you, the second part of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis and just repeat them daily. Devotionals were originally short, aphoristic, sublime, profound and expressed as songs or sutras in the East.
They were handed down orally rather like the Haiku, and we or the seeker was simply meant to ponder or think on its meaning. Even the Zen Koans have this original idea. Many devout seekers could not read or write, and were simple men and women. Here are some short daily thoughts:
"I think of God, because He is the only thought."
"He who loves, never grows old. God is a shining example."
"The Soul of man is greater than his fate."
"Love is the yearning of the One for the One."
"O Bible, the Saviour has taken away my sins, will you not take away, my little, little worries at least?"
"Jesus was great, greater was His mercy, greatest was His sacrifice." -All from Sri Chinmoy.
They can be longer or shorter of course. "Jesus wept." Why?
Thanks, Manatita. Presently, I'm compiling some devotionals and just thought it would be good to hear about some readers' expectations. I heard one of my preachers quote from Kempis not long ago. His devotional thoughts are really deep!
Yes. As all of those with God experience. You can be like that too, or perhaps you already are. If not, let go and let God. ha ha. Easier said than done. Much practice necessary.
"Practice?" See what happens when 1 doesn't believe in THE GOD v Sri Chinmoy or would believe Bible? Rem II Kings? IF "all" would "WAIT" (Acts 1:4) 1 wouldn't need "practice!"
1 had 2 ask u if u loved God u're so into other god! GOD "sees!"
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