Devotional Writing Basics

I love writing devotionals. They are a wonderful way to stay focused on scripture in your writing. Devotionals are a powerful way to reflect on what God is doing in your life. They offer a testimony to your daily encounters with God.

Devotionals also make it easy to share those experiences with others. Sometimes when I want to share a discovery, I will write a devotional about it and send it to friends who I think would appreciate it. I’ve also written devotionals to capture experiences my friends and I have shared. I publish the devotional on my blog and then send them a link as a remembrance of that moment.

How to Write Devotionals

As a writer, you will find that writing devotionals is a good way to grow in your writing skills. Devotionals can also help you plug in as a writer – at your church, in an online magazine, at a prayer group, or on your blog.

I have taught many workshops on devotional writing – to writers and to church members who have never written a printed piece before. Now I offer a self-paced online course: Let’s Write a Devotional that will help you get started in devotional writing.

6-Day Devotional Studies

Years ago, I began writing devotional material for small group ministries and retreats. I designed a 6-day devotional study format that I taught to the writers in my online workshop. I also wrote several of these studies and really enjoyed the process.

A 6-day devotional study helps the reader focus on a theme for the week. Morning, noon, and evening devotionals, each day for 6 days, take the reader on a journey through that theme. The devotionals build on each other and are followed by reflection and study questions. These can be used individually, as a family, or as a small group.

A similar concept can be used for a retreat, with 3 days of morning, noon, and evening devotionals focused on the retreat theme. If you know a retreat leader, this might be a great way for you to participate as a writer.

If you would like to get a sense of what 6-day devotional studies are like, here are two studies I wrote many years ago. You are welcome to download and read them:

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You’ll notice in the Kingdom Home devotional study that the font changes color in different sections of the study. This was a way to enhance the reader’s experience by representing the kingdom in increasing clarity.

No matter what kind of writing you enjoy, I encourage you to try writing some devotionals.  They are a wonderful way to spend writing time with God.