Beginning a Daily Time with God

Beginning a Daily Time with God

Beginning a Daily Time with God

1. CHOOSE A SPECIAL PLACE that is free from distractions. 

‘Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives to pray.’ Luke 22:39 GN)
‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went to a solitary place , where he prayed.’ Mark 1:35
2. GATHER THE RESOURCES YOU’LL NEED 
1. A Bible-with readable print in a readable translation, like the NIV.
2. A notebook-to write down what the Lord speaks to you about, and to keep your prayer journal
3. A good worship CD (optional but helpful)
4. A cup of coffee! (Optional but helpful)
3. CULTIVATE A RIGHT ATTITUDE and AN EXPECTANT HEART! 
‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Ps. 46:10
‘Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your word. ‘Ps. 119:18
‘The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants .’ Mat 6:33 (NCV)
CONSIDER : 
‘The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point; fully equipped to do good to everyone.’ 2 Tim 3:16-17 (LB)
‘(Those) who are always meditating on His Laws are like trees along a river bank bearing fruit, they never wither and whatever they do prospers.’ Ps. 1:2-3 (LB)
“The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two edged sword, it penetrates, it judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart’.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight? Heb 4:12-13
4. FOLLOW A SIMPLE PLAN (allow at least 20 minutes ) 
A. CONNECT – Listen to a worship song, sing to the Lord, read a psalm of praise out loud. Invite the presence and counsel of the Holy Spirit. Be still and quiet. Prepare your heart. Take a few deep breaths and wait on God.
B. READ – Begin reading where you left off the day before. Read a short section or chapter. Read out loud several times. Perhaps use different translations. (If this is new for you, a gospel or one of the letters like Philippians, would be a good place to begin)
C. DIG/STUDY 
Ask some questions: Write down what you discover
What is the passage about (the context)? (when, where, why, what, who?)
What do I learn about the character/desire of God/Jesus in this passage? ­
What do I learn about the nature of man?
Is there something I do not understand?
What new insight have I learned?
Is there a command to obey? Is there something I need to confess/correct?
Is there an action I need to take?
D. MEDITATE/MEMORIZE 
Think about/chew over what you have been studying; a key thought or verse. Write down a verse you want to memorize over the day or through the week.
E. PERSONALLY APPLY 
What is God saying to me today? LISTEN! Write it out .
F. PRAY over and/or personalize the scripture

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