Daily Devotions

Spending personal time with someone is critical to any relationship. If we want to know & love God, we must hear from Him through the Bible and respond to Him in prayer. So how can you do that?
God speaks to us through the Bible. If we want to know Him, we must read what He has to say to us.
  • Choose a book of the Bible (like Mark, John, Philippians, James, or 1 John)
  • Choose a time to read (morning, at lunch, before bed)
  • Choose how much you will read (5 minutes or 1 chapter)
  • Find someone to talk to about what you are reading
  • Continue until you finish that book
**The YouVersion Bible app also has many reading plans to choose from**

We don't want to merely form a reading habit, we seek to know God through His Word and be transformed by it. In order to understand His Word more clearly, we study it by asking questions like: 
  • WHAT?
    • What does this passage say? Make observations about the text. (Look for things like repetition, commands, promises, metaphors, comparisons, etc.)
  • SO WHAT?
    • What do those things mean and why do they matter? Here you are interpreting what you've read  by asking questions like:
      • How does this fit in the context?
      • What does this teach me about God?
      • What does this teach me about people?
      • How does this point to Jesus?
    • How does this impact my life? Prayerfully ask God to show you how you should respond to the truth He has revealed to you.

Prayer is vital; it is our communication back to God. There is no specific way to pray, but if you do not know where to start, here are some helpful formats to choose from:
  • Simply turn the verses you've read into a prayer
  • Follow the example of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-15)
  • Use the PRAY acronym:
    • Praise God
    • Repent of your sin
    • Ask your requests
    • Yield to His will
  • Use the ACTS acronym:
    • Adoration (praise God simply for who He is)
    • Confession (confess & repent of your sins)
    • Thanksgiving (give thanks for your forgiveness & many blessings)
    • Supplication (ask God to work in mighty ways in your life & the lives of others)