The Discipline of Private Worship

Lesson 1998
Tags: Worship
Excerpted from “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”: Spiritual Disciplines for Devotional Vitality

“God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4.24).


  • Private worship is used here to refer to a variety of activities that you can engage in as an individual with the purpose of worshiping God. The focus here is on activities other than prayer, meditation, Bible study, and devotional Bible reading, though these may be considered a part of private worship.
  • While it is obviously possible to worship God without devotional aids, they can certainly be helpful. Examples of useful devotional aids include devotional writings, meditations, Christian poetry, Christian biographies, and Christian music. Of course, the mere use of these devices does not constitute true worship, for worship is above all focusing on the attributes of God.
  • Devotional aids can help us to avoid falling into the rut of predictability by reviving us with new perspectives and insights. As such they can be a breath of fresh air.
  • The devotional writings of A. W. Tozer, Philip Keller, C. S. Lewis, Andrew Murray, and Oswald Chambers—to name a few authors—have been treasured by Christians for decades.
  • Christian biographies reveal men and women of God to have been ordinary people with uncommon devotion and Christian character. Our devotional lives can certainly profit from reading accounts of their lives.


Ask for feedback from the participants concerning some of the devotional aids that they have used.

Further Reading

Classic Sermons on Worship. Compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1988.

Hughes, R. Kent. “Discipline of Devotion.” Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1991. 81-91.

--------. “Discipline of Mind.” Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1991. 71-80.

Peterson, David. Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.

Sanders, J. Oswald. Enjoying Intimacy with God. Chicago: Moody, 1980.