Mechanical Devotion Is Dangerous

“At the risk of being misunderstood, let me put it like this. I sometimes think that there is nothing more dangerous in the Christian life than a mechanical devotional life. ….this person has been taught that it is a good thing for a Christian first thing in the morning to read a certain amount of Scripture and then to offer a prayer, before going to his daily work. You observe your ‘quiet time’ and off you go. Of course, it is a good thing to do; but it can be most dangerous to one’s spiritual life if it becomes purely mechanical. I suggest therefore, that what we should do is this. Certainly read your Scripture, and certainly pray; but not in any mechanical sense, not because you have been told to do it, not because it is ‘the done thing’. Do it because the Bible is God’s Word, and because He is speaking to you through it. But having read and prayed, stop and meditate, and in your meditation remind yourself of the actual teaching of the Sermon on the Mount. Ask yourself if you are living the Sermon on the Mount, or really trying to do so. ” –Martyn Lloyd-Jones “Studies In The Sermon On The Mount” p. 324

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About Maureen Stohlmeyer

Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.
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1 Response to Mechanical Devotion Is Dangerous

  1. havefaith007 says:

    I love this perspective! If we can remember that our devotional time is our time with God we will not easily fall into the trap of having “mechanical devotions”.
    I used to have “mechanical devotions” myself, until a very wise person advised me to make what I read a part of me by meditating on it and praying about it. I’ve been doing that and it really works. I sometimes forget what I’ve read during my devotions when I go through hard trials, but I hope to overcome my forgetfulness by God’s grace.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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