10 Quick Daily Devotions for Youths and College Students

10 Quick Devotions for Youths and College Students

Quick devotions for youths

“When Pentecost rolled around, they were all gathered in one location. And then a sound like a strong rushing wind came from heaven, filling the entire house where they were seated. And divided tongues as if they were made of fire appeared to them, resting on each of them. And as the Spirit gave them expression, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and started to speak in different languages” (Acts 2:1–4 ESV).

The Church’s story is incredible and gripping. The Spirit detonates on the disciples in this scene from Acts 2. The effect is so strong that observers mistakenly believe the followers are inebriated. They were, however, inebriated on God rather than wine.

God is also working right now. We can see what He has done and what He will do by studying His Word. Pray that God may give you the eyes and ears to observe and hear how He is transforming the human condition.

Here are 10 Quick Devotions for Youths and College Students

10 Quick Devotions for Youths and College Students

1. The Curved Path

“Enter through the small gate. Because the gate is broad and the way is easy that leads to ruin, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate to life is narrow and the path to life is difficult, and those who discover it are few.” —Matthew 7:13–14 

The path was constantly increasing but continuously curving, and we were able to reach the crest of the pass by leisurely marches; a straight line would have been shorter for the eagle’s wing, but no human foot could have followed it. Nobody could accuse us of being inconsistent for turning around in this manner; we kept the route, and no one could object.

If we truly want to reach the pinnacles of divine truth, we will encounter numerous zigzags along the way: here, we will meet divine sovereignty in all its majestic majesty, and there we will turn in the opposite direction, towards the frowning summits of human responsibility. What does it matter if we appear inconsistent as long as we stay on the highway of Scripture, which is the only safe path to knowledge?

Angels may be methodical divines; for men, it should suffice to simply follow God’s message and allow its lessons to flow as they may.

2. Keep going!

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“In Christ Jesus, I push on toward the goal of winning the prize for which God has called me heavenward.” 3:14 Philippians

Perhaps no one among the Israelites worked harder to please God than Saul of Tarsus. He followed the Law in every aspect of his life. No one could blame this well-liked individual. Pharisees are accused of a lack of devotion. He was a man on a mission to delight and serve others, God

But on the way to Damascus, Saul’s life was turned upside down. He would no longer be able to do so.

Attempting to please God directly is no longer a viable option. Instead, he’d press on with his quest for knowing Christ. “In comparison to the surpassing greatness of knowing, I consider everything a loss.”

“Jesus Christ, my Lord.” 3:8 (Philippians) (NIV emphasis added). Saul is a character in the Bible (now called Paul)

It didn’t matter if he was preaching before a large crowd or sitting in a sweltering prison cell.

Paul now had a single goal in front of which everything else in his life had to bend. Paul was curious.

His Lordship.

What are your thoughts? Is knowing Christ–fellowshipping, believing, and relying on Him–the most important thing you can do?

Is there a certain target you’re aiming for? Ask God to assist you in your quest to know Him today.

3. Creating something from nothing

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or expect, according to the power at work within us,” Eph 3:20–21 ESV says, “be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.”

It was often difficult for me to make time for a devotional with God as a young mother. When it came to my connection with God, I was convinced that I would have to fend for myself. I hadn’t recognized that, while I thought I was sustaining our relationship in the past, God had been working in me all along—in His strength, my weakness was made perfect.

I believe in a God who has a knack for creating something from nothing. I know that even if I carve out a moment now to come to Him, it will never be enough. But I come in confidence, hoping that He will expand the time I have and provide me with enough nutrition for that moment, plus a little extra.

4. Putting the Stone Down

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On the Swiss side of the St. Gothard road, there is a massive rock about which the locals of the adjoining community tell old folklore. At the crack of dawn, the devil was whizzing this gigantic stone along happily when he was greeted by a devout old woman, who, startled, said a prayer at the sight of the unexpected wanderer. The demon immediately dropped his burden as a result of her prayer, and it is still there—unmistakable proof that the devil is no match for old ladies who know how to summon the help of heaven.

Many worse legends have been sanctioned by Mother Church for moral lies that appear to be true on the surface. Allow interceding believers to make the devil quiver at all times by praying nonstop.

All the powers of hell are defeated by the weakest saint on his knees.

5. Raising the Standards

"For this reason, supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with steadfastness, steadfastness with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love." If you have these qualities, they will keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:5–8 ESV).

Christianity is not a competitive sport, but it does require perseverance, and God’s standards are always higher than what others anticipate. God wants us to live up to His expectations, no matter how lofty they may appear, because He will help us along the way. Living for God is about speed strolling with Him, not running to a destination. May you be able to see the areas of your life that God wants to bring up to His level?

6. The Church’s Pillars

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“Always be on the lookout. Keep your trust strong. Do not be afraid. Be brave.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NKJV)

There are pillars said to have been brought from Solomon’s Temple in the Cathedral of St. Mark in Venice—a marvelous building, lustrous with an Oriental splendor far beyond description—these are made of alabaster, a substance firm and durable as granite but transparent enough that light shines through them.

Behold an exemplar of what all true pillars of the Church should be—firm in their faith and transparent in their character; men of simple mold, ignorant of devious and deceptive ways, but men of strong will, not easily led aside or bent from their uprightness! We know a few of these alabaster guys; may the great Master Builder raise up more of them to serve in His temple!

7. What Will Be Done in Jesus’ Name?

“What is to be done with the man whom the king enjoys honoring?”

According to Esther 6:6, what are our plans as a Church for Christ Jesus, “whom the king delights to honor”?

First and foremost, trust Him. Christ is always pleased with the faith of His people. Confide in Him, beloved. Tell Him about your problems. Pour out your heart to Him. Trust in His blood’s merit, His arm’s strength, and His heart’s love.

He is a God of love, so show Him your love if you’re going to give Him something. Allow your heart to seek Him and hug Him with the arms of your love. “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth, for your love is greater than wine,” say in your soul’s silent language, and let this be your joyful song: “I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine.” Then give Him your heart’s treasures.

8. Most important Beatitudes in the Bible.

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”—Matthew 5:2

The impoverished in the heart may be despised by a sinful world, yet God records them among His peers and rulers, and His judgment is genuine and far more to be trusted than the opinions of men or angels.

Only when we are poor in spirit do we have any indication that paradise is ours, but when we have that mark of blessedness, everything is ours, whether it is now or in the future. All the security, dignity, and happiness that the gospel kingdom is meant to bestow on earth belong to the poor in spirit; even here below, they may feast of its delicacies without hesitation, and revel in its delights without dread.

Theirs are also the things that have yet to be seen and are reserved for future disclosure, such as the second coming, glory, the fifth great monarchy, resurrection, beatific vision, and endless bliss.

9. God-related writing

“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write down all that I have said to you in a book” (Jer 30:2 ESV).

The Old Testament is a written account of God’s work in the Israelites’ lives. We owe a duty of gratitude to the Bible’s authors, whose records reveal God’s magnificent work for humanity. By recording what God has done in our life, we can follow in the footsteps of the Biblical authors.

Journaling can be a wonderful way to connect with God. Keep track of how God works in your life, and you’ll realize how deeply God is involved throughout time. Then, one day, you’ll read with astonishment the testimony God has written on your life’s pages.

10. God’s Unpredictability

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“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia… the LORD stirred up Cyrus king of Persia’s spirit so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also wrote it down: ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah May the LORD, his God, be with all his people who are among you. ‘Allow him to go up.’ ESV (2 Chr 36:22–23).

Our Thoughts

Our God is good and trustworthy. He adores us and is concerned about our well-being. And He frequently brings us deliverance in unexpected ways. God vowed to deliver His people from exile, and He sent Cyrus, a foreign monarch of Persia, to do it. Not only did Cyrus restore Israel as a country, but he also ordered the temple to be rebuilt.

The Israelites did not expect this kind of deliverance, but they trusted God regardless.

Will you put your faith in God’s salvation or harden your heart?

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