Five Elements of a Strong Devotion

Five Elements of a Strong Devotion

What do you think of when you think of devotion to something or someone? Loyalty,

faithfulness and commitment are a few words that come to mind for me, and maybe you think

of the same.


When we write a devotion, that’s exactly what we hope to do create loyalty, faithfulness and

devotion to Jesus by the way we write.


Let’s take a look at five key elements of devotion writing that will point our reader to Jesus.


  1. Keep it short. Typically, devotions are 400-1200 words. Also, keep paragraphs short.

In this condensed form of writing, you can create a lot of bang for your buck by

making sure each word is needed and aimed toward your main point.


  1. Grab attention with a hook. Your introduction should open with a hook an attention-

grabbing statement to hook your reader into reading the devotion. You can start with a question or an

intriguing statement. You can set a scene or tell a little story (my favorite).


  1. Journey with your reader. Your reader doesn’t want to feel talked at. Write in a way

that reminds her you’re on a journey together. You can use phrases, if they suit your

voice, such as “Sweet friend” or “Dear reader.” Also, inclusive writing uses phrases

like this: “Maybe you’ve found yourself worried …” or “No doubt you too have thought …”


  1. Teach one main point based on Scripture. This is where you’ve been leading your

reader this place where you explain the main point of a Scripture verse or a couple

of verses. You might start by explaining why the verse impacted you, and then unfold

the truths and treasures of the Scripture.


Don’t try to include too much. Because a devotion is short, your focus needs to be

tight and clear. Plus, with a clear focus, your reader is more likely to remember the

treasures you’re uncovering.


  1. Conclude with a quick summary and call to action. The conclusion can be a few

sentences. You want to summarize your main point, and do not introduce any new



This is also a place where you can include a call to action. Challenge your reader to do

something immediate today or this week. Maybe it’s a physical action or maybe it’s a

way of thinking. You want to challenge her to apply what she’s learned.


Devotion writing is some of the most rewarding writing we do as Christian writers, as so much

can be said in a few words. And with this concentrated and condensed writing, your reader will

remember your main point and be drawn into devotion to Christ.



Melanie Chitwood


Go back to a rough draft of a devotion you’ve already written. Try revising it to ensure you

include these five elements.


Melanie Chitwood is a writer, writing coach and editor. She’s the author of Harvest House books: What a Husband Needs from His Wife and What a Wife Needs from Her Husband. For the past six years, she’s been a writing coach and editor, working with Christian nonfiction writers of all abilities. Her favorite times are spent with family and friends around her farm table, playing games, telling stories and laughing hard. She’s a former Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and writer and is excited to be back with Proverbs 31 Ministries. You can connect with Melanie on her blog at

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  1. Tracey Breinich: March 1, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    I would love more help with my writing. I am writing a devotional book and would like a writing coach. How can I find one on compel?