Devotion: An FCA Devotional For Competitors

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


All In

Ready: Never stop praying.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Set: We’re all devoted to something in our individual lives. The object of that devotion varies, but we can all identify with having a profound dedication to something. It’s an “All In” attitude backed by “All In” actions. Where do you spend most of your time? What do you think about most often? What brings you the most happiness and enjoyment?

As Christ-followers, our devotion to honoring God with our lives must be our top priority. Our devotion to God through prayer is demonstrated by how “in touch” we remain with Him. Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV), we’re told: “pray without ceasing.”

Praying without ceasing does not necessarily mean praying every single minute of the day, but it is an inspiration to develop that devotion to the Lord through a constant stream of communication with Him. Spending perpetual time in prayer with God and bringing Him into every area of our lives is the definition of devotion for us here on earth.

The greatest heroes of the faith in the Bible all had a continuous line of communication with God to clearly hear, understand and follow His divine calling. When you devote yourself to something, you commit to going “All In.” Spend that time and effort in communication with God to clearly hear from Him, and follow His calling wherever it may lead. And, as it says in Joshua, through that devotion, expect the Lord to do amazing things. – Shane Williamson  


  1. How much emphasis do you place on your sport versus your time with God?
  2. Are there small ways you can start your day listening for God’s voice?
  3. What does it look like to give God the first fruits of your heart and still be competitive?

Overtime: Father, how much or how little time I spend with You makes a huge impact on how I live out my day. Help me to seek after You with all of my heart and intentionally be willing and wanting to hear what You have to say to me. Thank You that You care so much about me. Amen.

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