Scripture. Observation. Application. Prayer.
Scripture: Find the reading for todays date. Take time to read and allow God to speak to you. When you’re done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you and journal it.
Observation: What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Place yourself in the shoes of the characters of this story. Ask why it is happening, how it is happening and what is really going on. Paraphrase the scripture and write this down in your own words.
Application: Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a promise, or a correction of a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to your life today.
Prayer: This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be asking for greater insight on what He is revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so to be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out. If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple. If you still have any questions about prayer you won’t want to miss this Sunday as Pastor Daniel teaches about prayer and how it works in our lives!
Why We Write It Down: Writing down and reflecting on what you study in scripture is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It is also a useful tool to use at a later time to review and reflect on some of the things God has revealed to us. Without writing them down, you might forget those blessings and some very important lessons that come from them.