Act Like A Man! Part 7

By Melvin Twigg Mason

          As we continue our journey into “The Disciplines Of A Godly Man,” R. Kent Hughes leads us to stop at the Discipline of Devotion. He indicates that it’s the one required stop ahead of the Discipline of Prayer, which we will get to in the next article.

          The author spends several paragraphs talking about prayer and time with God in this chapter, so I looked up the definition of “devotion:” to concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, or cause; “devoted” means to be committed to [something or someone]. Ahh! So we show our devotion to our Creator by the time and attention that is occupied by Him or committed to His godly disciplines. Hughes says that the idea behind prayer and devotion is to develop a rich and rewarding inner spiritual life.

          So the Discipline of Devotion is dedicated time we spend in the presence of God. Hughes explains the three elements he believes are a part of a solid devotional life: meditation, confession, and worship. But be careful! “Life is too complicated and God is too great to confine devotion to a nice little routine.”

Meditation

          Hughes states that meditation does not require a yoga mat and incense, but listening for that small inner voice of God that comes with reading His Word and being in fellowship with Him. “This isn’t just hearing or reading, but really listening.” The author also encourages a quiet reiteration of what you’re receiving. He calls this “murmuring” about the insights you’re gaining.

  • Recite them to yourself.
  • Write them down for encouragement.
  • Think on them as you lay down for the night.
  • Put them in your smart phone.

Confession

          Devotion, of necessity, requires confessing the missteps and bad choices you’ve made along the way. Hughes says this cannot be overemphasized, and can be done at any time or place during your day. Confession needs to be immediate and deliberate. This is especially important if we are to get our prayers to pass beyond the ceiling (Ps.66:16-20). “Confession not only opens the heavens, it also raises our intimacy with God.”

Worship

          Here, Hughes offers his (biblical) definition of worship: “Let us serve (i.e. worship) God acceptably, with reverence and fear. For our God is a consuming fire!” (Heb.12:28-29) The author contends that true worship includes reverence for who He is, adoration for all He encompasses, and submission of all we are and all we have to Him. Regularly!

          Now, therefore, you may have a conflict. Is it unmanly to meditate? Or to admit one’s failures to God? How much time will you spend conversing with your Creator, singing His praises, or acknowledging His greatness, or His kindnesses toward you? In the next article, we’ll look more deeply at the elements and focus of prayer. A true man finds great strength in a fulfilling spiritual life. C’mon, step up and act like a man!

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