Start Your Day In God’s Word & Prayer
If this is a struggle for you, here are a couple of great ways to get you started.
Reading God’s Word…
S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s Word.
Scripture . Open your Bible to your reading for the day. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
Observation . What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
Application . Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
Prayer . This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
A.C.T.S. will help you developing a consistent and vibrant prayer life is vital to our growth as a disciple of Christ. Start by committing 15 minutes each day to prayer. The ACTS model (below) is a simple way to structure your time and is a great way to respond to what God reveals to you as you read His Word.
Adoration . As you read the Scripture, reflect on the character of God revealed in His Word. Let that revelation lead you to worship and adore your God.
Confession . The Word of God will do its work of exposing and uncovering sin. Respond to that conviction by agreeing with God that what he says about your sin is right. Pray for the desire and willingness to follow Christ in full obedience.
Thanksgiving . Where do you see God working? Where does His Word remind you of His deeds. Spend time thanking God for His faithfulness in your life and in the lives of others.
Supplication . God’s Word helps us understand His purposes, His plans, and reminds us of all that He has promised to do. Ask God to give you the desires of His heart as you pray for your needs and the needs of others. This can include prayer for friends, family, church, missionaries, government leaders, and the movement of the gospel around the world.
Support Your Local Church In These Three Ways
Attend the weekly worship services on a regular basis so you can start your week with an encounter with God. Along with encounter God in worship, attend a Sunday School Class, Small Group, Life Group, or whatever you call it at your church to help you establish your faith in Christ with others.
Serve at your church on a regular basis and use your God-given gifts to bless Him and others. God has blessed you to be a blessing! There are many people who have given of their time to serve you and your children. It’s time to start giving back through serving.
Give to your church! Give at least the first tenth of all God has given to you through your local church. It is so very important to do this weekly, faithfully, and consistently. Ask God to give you the faith needed to give in this manner. He will take care of you, provide for you, and bless you! If you can trust God to save you for your eternal future, you can trust Him for your financial future.
Share The Gospel Regularly
People all around us are desperately seeking hope and truth. Real hope and real truth is found only in the Gospel of Jesus!
Here is an easy and effective way to share the Gospel called 3 Circles: Life Conversations
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