A free daily devotional for women on God's love
with commentary and homework
The devotional, "God Loves You and Me," will consist of 60 daily devotions. Each day has a different theme about Godís love. The insights the Holy Spirit has given me are given before the Life Application part which is the homework. I use numerous Bible verses related to each dayís theme. Depending on the day, it should take from 4 to 12 minutes.
Bible devotions for women
I am sitting down to prepare a devotional for the Thanksgiving season. I have to admit my attitude isn’t very godly. I have even cleaned the bathroom to procrastinate. However, my attitude of whining today, is exactly what the Holy Spirit has been telling me not to have through what I am going to write about. Leave it to God to teach us teachers first and to use our lives as “what not to do”.
About 2 weeks ago I typed into our Bible program the word “thanksgiving” and many verses came up. One verse in particular has been in my thoughts for those weeks. It is Colossians 4:2:
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving… NASB®
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful… NIV®
I have been prayerfully thinking, what does God want me (and you) to understand and do concerning thanksgiving and prayer from this verse? The rest of this article I will answer this question.
Let’s first talk about the phrase, “Devote yourselves to prayer”. Since we all need to devote ourselves to prayer, we need to understand what the word devote means from the standpoint of the Greek language. Zodhiates (in his Complete Word Study New Testament) says, devote means to continue with someone (Acts 8:13) or cling faithfully to someone (Acts 10:7). It is used metaphorically of being committed and faithful in the Christian life especially in prayer. (Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4 also Romans 12:12) Did you notice the word devote has a strong relational aspect to it?
Wuest (in his Word Studies in the Greek New Testament of Colosians) says, devote means to give constant attention to something, to give unremitting care to a thing, to persevere, and to be in constant readiness for. Christians were to continually devote themselves to what God wanted and to what others needed. They were also to give constant attention to and readiness for prayer, as well as to persevere in prayer.
From the meaning of devote, I would say, being devoted to prayer means having a consistent and committed lifestyle of talking and listening to God that comes from being devoted to God Himself and His Word. Now, I don’t mean we need to walk around chanting something that sounds spiritual to God, or going through our day muttering a few words here and there to God so we can feel like we are doing our relational duty to Him. God wants our prayer life to be authentic and honest. He wants us to talk to Him as we would talk to someone we love and trust and who truly loves us. As someone we can’t wait to communicate with.
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A women's free Bible study on God's love
with commentary, homework, and