Blog Posts on Devotional Life

How to Get God's Attention

Josh Etter

Isaiah 66:2 —

But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

I.O.U.S is one prayer that helps us to humble ourselves before reading God's Word. You might consider printing it out and sticking it in your Bible.

Piper explains:

Ask God to Incline our heartsto him, not to money or fame or power (Psalm 119:36),

and toOpenour eyes to see wonderful things in his Word (Psalm 119:18),

and to Unite our heartsin the fear of God rather... Continue Reading

Devotions Aren't Magic

Jon Bloom

An Apostle with Folded Hands :: Anthony van DyckWe know that—for the most part. But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula—the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer—we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord. And if that doesn’t happen, our formula must be wrong.

The danger of this misconception is that it can produce chronic disappointment and discouragement. Cynicism sets in and we give up because devotions don't seem to work for us.

The longing for... Continue Reading

How God Readies Us to Read in Tune

John Piper

If in your morning devotions you open God’s word to the book of Judges and find that the strings of your inner instrument are not in tune, it is not blasphemy to excuse yourself for a few moments from the King’s library and turn to a paragraph from one of his unflinchingly faithful, broken-hearted, happy servants. Should we find it surprising that the King should appoint some of his closest friends to be especially good at tuning the strings of our soul so that we may... Continue Reading

Enjoy Something Bigger than Yourself

John Piper

Today a year ago, my father and grandfather were reunited. William S. H. Piper and Elmer Albert Piper were both preachers and both Bible-saturated.

My father said several times to me that he felt his father could pick up and recite from memory any place in the New Testament that you started for him.

And I have several of my father’s Bibles. They are at places so densely marked they are hard to read.

It is an amazing thing what happens to a life that is utterly devoted... Continue Reading