Why Do We Have Daily Devotions?
Christians are people who are in a relationship with God. He is the Creator, the sovereign Lord of the universe, all knowing, all powerful, gracious, good, loving, kind, compassionate, all wise, faithful, trustworthy, pure, holy, merciful, majestic, self-sufficient, always was and always will be, just and righteous. He is our Saviour who wants a relationship with us. What a privilege to be in relationship with the living God!
Relationship is the ultimate purpose of spending time with God. Taking time each day, variously called daily devotions, quiet time, time alone with God, for us to commune with God in a purposeful way. This time is an instrument of grace. It is a time when we build and deepen our relationship with God. It is part of how we abide in Christ (John 15:7). It is where we are edified as we converse with God through His word and prayer.
Love is a key motive for daily devotions. God loves us and sent His Son to die in our place. He has adopted us as His children and He did this while we were His enemies! That is amazing love and it compels and draws us into a relationship. And so it is right that the greatest commandment is for us to love Him (Mark 12:30). He is so worthy of our love and you cannot love God unless you know Him and you get to know Him as you spend time with Him in daily devotions.
One of the strongest reasons to spend time relating to God is the example of Jesus. If He, who is God the Son, did this, how much more we, who are adopted children? We see Jesus’ example recorded in several places, such as Matthew 14:23 and Luke 6:12. But perhaps Mark 1:21-35 captures it most clearly. There we see that Jesus has a really busy day: teaching, casting out demons, healing, staying with friends, and in verse 35 it is recorded that after such a hectic day, very early the next morning, while it was still dark, Jesus went to a solitary place to pray, to spend time talking to his Father.
Spiritual transformation is another reason why we have daily devotions. In these daily times we come face to face with Jesus and the Holy Spirit transforms us to become more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). There are other means that the Holy Spirit uses, but daily devotions are a key one.
Lastly, our daily devotions stabilise us. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46). Daily devotions are the times when we build foundations for our lives, for tough times (Matthew 7:24-27). They are like daily meals where we gain our nourishment to do all the things we do. To put down roots to help us bear fruit in season and out of season (Ps 1).