Better devotions will come from better historical interaction with the Bible. Surely, we don’t want to be saying that God said something that he never really said just because we felt an impulse of some kind while we were reading and thought that it was God telling us the meaning of what we were reading. Being a historical and devotional reader takes time to develop. There are old habits to be broken and new ones to be learned. God has spoken, but what has he said? We might ask ourselves what some of the bad reading-interpreting habits are that we need to break?
Because we need to hear more clearly what God has said, so that we may live into his story presently, with the goal of becoming better stewards of ministry for the sake of his creation.