Do you have a devotional message from God’s Word that you are longing to share? Perhaps you aren’t quite sure how to organize your thoughts in a way that would clearly represent your heart and offer encouragement to others. Learning how to write a devotion is a great way to express your words in a way that delivers comfort, hope, inspiration, and faith.
Here is a simple process I use for writing devotions that I hope will encourage you to start writing your own.
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What is A Devotional
The purpose of a devotional message is to connect a specific scripture or Biblical principle to a certain area of our lives. They can differ in how they are written, but usually, a devotion will include a quick story, Bible verse or passage, life application, and a prayer.
How to Write A Devotion in 4 Easy Steps
I’ve developed a process for writing devotions that can be done using a simple 4-step process.
I call this method a STEP devotion. STEP is an acronym for:
- S: Start WIth a Story
- T: Take Them to the Truth
- E: Offer Encouragement
- P: Personal Application and Prayer
Let’s take a closer look at each of these steps.
Start With A Story
Begin with a story that illustrates the point of the devotional message and grabs your readers’ attention. You can use a personal story from your own life or a story from the Bible. Either is appropriate as long as it portrays the main thought of your devotion. Consider the emotions of your character. What concerns, fears, and struggles did their circumstances present them with? What obstacles did they need to overcome? How did the Lord move on their behalf?
Take Them to the Truth
After you have snagged your reader’s attention the next step, and the most important, is to lead them to the truth. Here is where you want to share the verse or passage of scripture that you are building your message on.
After you share truth from God’s word, the next step is to offer encouragement. How could the specific scripture you pointed to inspire them towards faith and godliness? How does it speak to different pain points? Consider these things as you offer your encouragement.
Personal Application and Prayer
End your devotion with a personal application and prayer. The application component can be very simple. Oftentimes a question or a call to action is enough.
Finally, leave your readers with a prayer that ties your message together.
Example of Writing a Devotion
Here is an example of a devotion I wrote recently as I considered the story of Rahab.
Devotional Example Step 1
I’ve been thinking a lot about the story of Rahab.
I wonder how she felt.
How did she feel after the walls of Jericho had fallen and she had been invited to join the Israelites in their camp?
I can imagine her joy. However, I also wonder how much of that joy was veiled by the looming shadow of her shameful past. She had been a harlot, after all.
What were the fears that afflicted her as she walked into the Israelite camp?
Will I be accepted by them? Would they ever think of me as one of their own, or will I be destined forever to carry the stamp of ‘harlot’? Will I ever really be worthy to be counted among one of God’s chosen people?
For many of us, shame is a part of our story, because it is directly related to sin. We feel shame when we focus on the ways we have missed the mark. When we feel like we don’t measure up or have failed.
However, Christ died to set us free from our sin! Therefore, shame no longer has mastery over us.
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame. – Romans 10:11
knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin – Romans 6:6 NASB
When I think of Rahab, I don’t think of a prostitute. I think of a woman that God transformed into a person counted worthy to not only be counted among His people, but also worthy to be grafted into the lineage of our Savior!
Shame was a part of Rahab’s story. But, without it, we don’t see the depth of her redemption. Without the pain, we don’t see the magnitude of His grace and glory.
Likewise, there are parts of my past, and maybe your past, that was painful. However, because of grace, these are no longer instruments to be used to magnify our shame, but rather to magnify the transforming power and sufficiency of His forgiveness.
Lord, thank you for the work that you accomplished on the cross. I know that I am not perfect. I make mistakes, daily. Some of these mistakes have the potential to haunt my mind. The feelings of guilt can be so strong at times. But Lord, in these moments help me to remember the price you paid to offer me forgiveness. You died so that I may live free from shame. Please work all the circumstances of my life for your good and glory.
In Jesus name, Amen
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