What Is a Daily Devotional Reading?


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Daily devotional readings are short segments of spiritual texts that change each day and are meant for the reader to contemplate or focus on a specific theme or question from the text for that day. Daily devotionals are common in the Christian religion, but also exist within many other religious and spiritual traditions.

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Daily devotional readings typically come from some sort of devotional book, website or other publication that changes each calendar day. The devotionals typically contain a segment of text, such as a passage from the Bible, and can also contain a list of guided questions or points for the reader to contemplate. While devotionals are often seen as a religious practice, daily devotionals are also seen in non-religious groups that read a passage from a meaningful book or writing, and take time to simply relax and reflect.

Some of the most popular daily devotionals include booklets called "Our Daily Bread" and "The Upper Room." Many churches publish daily devotional readings that are meant to coincide with themes that are currently being examined in weekly worship. For instance, Luther Seminary releases a daily devotional for its students that prepares them for the lesson that will be taught the coming Sunday. This allows the students to reflect on the reading and come into worship having background knowledge on the text and message that will be examined.

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