Devotional Formats

On this page you will find several formats for private devotion:
 prayer, Bible reading, and reflection.

Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families

This format will probably take 15-25 minutes.
Open each time of devotion with this prayer from Psalm 51:

Open my lips, O Lord,
And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence
And take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again
And sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Bible Reading: one “lectionary” of daily readings can be found online at .

After the reading(s) respond:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

A period of silent reflection may follow.

Sing a song or say the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

In your own words pray…

On Mondays pray for those who are not Christians and for Christian Missionaries.
On Tuesdays pray for Christian education in the church (Sunday School, teaching in sermons, etc.) and for Christian schools and colleges.
On Wednesdays pray for family members, loved ones, and friends, and for the Church (the local church and the Church around the world).
On Thursdays pray for the poor, for stewardship (finances, time, gifts, and environment), and about world events (disasters, political leaders and decisions, etc.)
On Fridays begin to consciously prepare for Sunday worship services. Pray for yourself (check your attitude and heart, repent of sins, notice things that need to change, decide to change). Pray for the preparations for the service (the sermon, the music, the attitude).
Include this prayer:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, so that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—“The Collect for Purity,” The Book of Common Prayer

You can take Saturday off or keep it simple. Use it for preparation and reflection again. Use the collect for purity again.

Conclude each time of prayer with The Lord’s Prayer and the closing “collect.”

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

The Collect
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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