Get Unstuck in Your Devotions

It is going to happen.

You’re going to get stuck with your devotions. You will feel that it has become a meaningless ritual and you’d rather not do them. At the same time you know that this is the source of your life and ministry. How can you get unstuck and find vitality in them? These ideas have worked for me when I had given up on devotions or was just going through the motions.

  • Change the location. Try a coffee shop, the sanctuary at your church, a prayer room, or a closet. It will do wonders for you
  • Change of time. Try lunch time devos 3 or 4 times a week. Take your lunch or fast your lunch and spend time with God.
  • Change the Mode. Listen to scripture on your phone. Try a new version of the Bible. Try sermons or podcasts. Get an excellent devotional for pastors or leaders.
  • Get a partner. Do devotions with your spouse or friend. Either take turns leading, work through a workbook together or make a prayer list together
  • Add a new element. There are more spiritual disciplines than Reading Scripture and praying. Try singing. If you play an instrument play your instrument and worship…even drums. Try dance if that works for you. Read aloud. Have a worship music playing. Journal and pour out your heart before God.
  • Pray Differently. Write out your prayers. Start a prayer journal be specific and go back and write in dates where God answered. Pray out loud. Go on prayer walks. Pray in the youth room. Read prayers of the scripture or prayers of Godly people
  • Kick start with a spiritual retreat. Get away for an overnight to pray read an entire book of the Bible, spend hours listening to God or being surrounded by nature. Devotion is about being devoted to God in love. Re-ignite that first love for Him again. If you can handle fasting try that.
  • Redo What You Did at First. What used to work for you at one point but you dropped it because life God busy or you changed? Dust that idea off and try it again. It may revive your soul.


Having a rich encounter with God and his Word each day is the best thing that you can do for yourself, your family and your ministry. Even if you are having meaningful quiet times each day, try some of these ideas to spice things up.

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Ron Powell


Ron Powell is the Adviser to the Director of the Youth Ministry Institute at Vanguard College. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years. He continues to volunteer, write, teach, and speak to parents, leaders and teens. If you would like to contact him you can email

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